I walked into the lunch room at my part time employer the other day, to be greeted by a fellow worker, “hello birthday boy! I bet none of these six young kids (aged between 18 and 25) can guess how old you are today!”
(It was my sixty nineth birthday)
“Well!” I said as I pulled up a chair, “you guys can all have a guess if you have nothing more interesting to do?”
Katlyn went first, “I’m guessing 52?” , then Ami said ” I think you’re 56?”
None of them got nearer than 58.
Personally I’ve never understood what the big deal is about someone’s age, even now I rarely think about it, to me, as long as you’re staying healthy, enjoying life and doing what you love, who cares?
I’m still singing in a rock band doing a portrayal of Mick Jagger in a Rolling Stones show, but I don’t see that as some amazing achievement because to me it’s just normal, I’ve been a musician since I was 16 and I love doing it so why stop?
Some people would say “grow up” (whatever that means?), but maybe they say that because they haven’t found ‘their’ passion in life and don’t understand why a 69 year old would want to sing rock songs rather than do more ‘mature’ things like watching life go by in a rocking chair?
It seems that most of us change around the time we leave high School or College, we turn into adults, go into ‘serious mode’ and give up a lot of activities and fun stuff we loved doing as teenagers.
The thing The Rolling Stones did, they made a career out of what they loved to do, they didn’t give up their fountain of youth and they didn’t stop being playful, and I’m sure they never will.
I mean, have a good look at them, (The Stones) forget they look physically older, that’s something we can’t control, (not yet anyway) just look at the smiles on their faces, their faces say it all, I think you’ll agree they’re definitely living the dream.
It’s never too late to salvage our lost passions, reconnect with our own fountain of youth and do the things that used to make us feel great to be alive, energized, and made us laugh out loud.