Realisation of age

6 Apr

I’m in my early 50s now, still heathy, active, hard working and ambitious.

I’ve been lucky enough to look younger than my years. It’s a plus now but being a manager when I was in my 20s I found it a big disadvantage.

I was on a plane this week coming back from Sicily and a bubbly Italian girl in her mid 30s sat next to me. She asked why I was visiting. I told her it was to get works done to my house. I expected her to be impressed but instead she asked me if I had retired.

I was shell shocked – because inside I am still 18. The greying hair, the extra lines fool people into thinking you have morphed into some other form of sentience. sage like, cautious, fragile, serious….un-fun.

The convo didn’t flow after that as my mind was digesting and processing her little bombshell.

It still is now, that realisation that you really are passed the halfway point is very sobering. I could blog all year about my impending demise but instead I want to do as many incremental things to have a fulfilled next chapter in my live.

It has to start with health, all the money in the world counts for nothing if you lack the facilities to enjoy it.

Next is wealth, used wisely the comfort of later years is enhanced, but it is not ultimate happiness.

And finally a purpose – supporting loved ones, meaningful projects and hobbies.

Maybe those blunt words on a plane have awakened me to a brighter future.

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