Many of us have faced this difficult question before: When should I give up the thing I love?
Louie Diaz is there now. A Long Island transplant and Delta Air Lines retiree living in Marietta, he is about to turn 73 next month after officiating lacrosse — and basketball, football and soccer — for more than four decades. That’s more than twice the ages of most of the athletes he referees.
“Emotionally, I already planned that out,” he said. “I know it is coming. It is the same thing as, ‘You are going to die someday.’ I feel that if I cannot run with the players, it’s over. And I accept that.”