Back in the Thirties, then-young British actor George Sanders confided to fellow actor David Niven, “When I hit sixty-five, I’m cashing in my chips – old age isn’t for me.”
Niven figured his friend would have a change of heart when he actually HIT sixty-five – but he was WRONG.
Elsewhere in these ramblings, I have stated that by sixty, one should have learned all one needs to, experienced all one wants to and achieved all one is likely to.
Which I hold to be true.
And I have done the LOT… (see https://damienatloppers.wordpress.com/2008/09/07/damien-on-my-past-present-and-future/ ).
But sadly, there are those who have NOT done one or more of these things and find themselves entering their Final Quarter (60 up) with a “Bucket List” – these people are LOSERS.
They should have nailed the lot in their Second Quarter (20-40).
Indeed, provided they are in reasonable health, still open-minded and able to appreciate the awe and majesty of it all, a person can STILL enjoy doing the things they should have done in that Second Quarter – in their Third (40-60).
And given they will be wiser – they might even SURVIVE it.
But if they have not cleared it all before their Final Quarter, they have BLOWN it. After sixty, you are TOO FRICKIN’ OLD.
We have all heard about the little ninety-year-old lady who just got a degree in something. And how everyone congratulated her and said how wonderful she was for her age.
REALLY? If they had thought about it, they would have CURSED the inconsiderate old bag for plonking her bony arse on a seat that a young person could have used as the stepping stone to a worthwhile career.
While she will likely fall off the twig in a few years – taking all of that valuable knowledge with her. Cow.
Then there are those wrinklies who take up parachuting, bungee-jumping or wing-riding.
Are they REALLY doing it for the thrill – or hoping to go out QUICKLY? You decide. Either way, a number HAVE.
For myself, I have come (with some regret) to terms with the fact that now firmly planted in MY Final Quarter, my life will henceforth be one of the CEREBRAL, rather than the physical.
Of course, this always takes two forms; there are those who spend their declining years reminiscing – and those who live for the present.
And given the past is DONE, I prefer to concentrate on NOW.
My cerebral input comes from watching hi-def, high concept, American TV shows – and British panel and standup comedy TV programmes. Plus combing through assorted material on the Interweb, for news, research, info and entertainment.
And my cerebral output is mostly concerned with maintaining my Online Empire – which includes composing stuff like THIS!