Another one - this time by Evan Esar, who said other clever things, like "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and Jill a rich widow." Clever dude. (Humorists realize the attraction in the keen grasp of the obvious.) Anyway, he said (noticed) that "Character is what you have left when you've lost everything you can lose."
If a humorist gets it, everybody gets it. Otherwise it wouldn't be funny.
So ... is that what scares people about midlife and old age? The creeping inescapable knowledge that what you can see is all you have? All you are is just this? Without distractions, schedules, deadlines, busy days, and obligations to other people's distractions, schedules deadlines, busy days, and obligations?
Sister Julia Mary asked us, "What are you? What are you for?" It's a good question.