As we approach the end of our lives, there’s a tendency to share things we’ve held secret throughout our existence. This phenomenon often captivates others, as it unveils the hidden truths that can shed light on many aspects of life.
Such a scenario is humorously depicted in the following joke. An elderly man, in the throes of death, opens up about some of the lesser-known aspects of his life, including a few regrets. His intention is to impart the wisdom he gained through his life experiences, hoping that others can learn from his mistakes. In the end, it becomes clear that he shared more wisdom than anyone had anticipated.
Nearing the end, old Ed is surrounded by his loved ones.
As the final moment approaches, he gathers all his strength and whispers, “I must tell you my greatest secret.”
His family members are all ears, urging him to go on.
“When I was young, I had it all,” explains Ed. “Fast cars, cute girls, and plenty of money. But a good friend warned me, ‘Get married and start a family. Otherwise, nobody will be there to give you a glass of water to drink when you’re on your deathbed.’
So I took his advice. I traded the girls for a wife and beer for baby food. I sold my Ferrari and invested in college funds.
And now here we are. And you know what?”
“What?” whispered the fascinated members of his family.
“I’m not even thirsty!”