Before I crossed that threshold – 60 years – I thought I’d be dead by then. In fact I remember as a teenager wondering if I’d ever reach the ‘ripe old age’ of forty. Now, here I am just a few years short of completing the end of yet another decade and I find that life, people and the world at large are still fascinating. One learns something new all the time; it’s so true that I cease to think of it as a cliché.
Then my mind wanders to the semantics of the differences or similarities between a cliché and a truism and I look in the mirror and say ‘focus, woman, focus’. The reality of the additional years land a sharp whack to my solar plexus and dictionary.com comes handily to my assistance. Even so, the topic I wish to write about is life after sixty. Believe me friends, it happens.
Check out the wonderful worldwide uncle or aunty Google and there are stories about people making new beginnings at fifty, sixty, seventy and even older. There’s a tale of a lady who was a chemist who turned to stand-up comedy at 74. Another is a woman who turned to modelling – catwalk no less – in her eighties. Other news items hand out advice on what to do in order to enjoy your ‘sunset’ years.
Whether it’s a conscious decision or something that circumstances or age force upon you, it seems, that come 60, a number of folk out there are doing new and different things. Some of us feel that we’re not needed by the kids quite as much as before. Let’s learn a new language. Others continue to work at their jobs while enjoying their sports. Yet others decide to get back onto that hobbyhorse and start rocking it.
Like my friend David. He’s taken his singing and music to another level. David was always that great party guest who could be relied upon to bring along his guitar and really get a party going. Foot stamping sing-alongs would ensue well into the night.
As often happens to many a hobby that becomes a passion, once it’s offered to the world at large, it can really strike a chord when it finds an audience. And, as anyone who gives in to a passion knows, when you connect with a complete stranger across a crowded room…it’s magic.
Well done David! I’m a fan.
and if you want to find out more about him you can click the link below