Over a decade ago I can remember celebrating my sixtieth birthday. I remember posting on my previous blog about the Beatles song, “When I’m 64”. Paul McCartney wrote that song when he was 16. When I was sixteen, the thought of turning 64 never crossed my mind. It’s not that I didn’t expect to live that long, it’s just that we were more worried about tomorrow than five decades into the future. I mean, even my parents weren’t 64 in 1964. But five decades later and a few months after celebrating my sixtieth birthday I pondered a few of these thoughts.
I have noticed a few things have changed over the years. Remember as a child you could sit in the floor with your legs crossed and come to a standing position without uncrossing your legs. At 60, that doesn’t even sound like a good idea.
In your 30’s you enjoyed getting outside and mowing the yard. At 60, you take two ibuprofen before mowing and two after mowing just to control the swelling in the joints. If you can afford it, you’ve already bought the riding mower.
In your 40’s you still spent one Saturday a month washing, waxing, and detailing your favorite ride. At 60, you’re thankful for the drive-thru car wash with the auto applied wax.
In your 50’s you were at the top of your profession and enjoyed going to work everyday. At 60, your still at the top, but if you’re in management, it’s starting to look a lot like adult daycare and retirement can’t come soon enough.
Don’t get me wrong 60 is a great age. You have a much better perspective of the world around you. You’re not too excited about the Democrats or the Republicans because in the end, they’re all just a bunch of politicians trying to get elected or re-elected. You realize that life is too short to always be in a crisis management mode. Slow down, enjoy the time with family and friends. I was a “child of the sixties”, now I’m going to enjoy the sixties again.
Now that I am north of seventy and several years into retirement, my statement about politicians rings truer than ever. So does my view of spending time with the ones you love, friends and family. That’s why most of my photography is dedicated to family events. A hundred years from now no one will care about my photos of birds, automobiles, motorcycles, and flowers. What they will enjoy are those images that capture the family in this day and age. And now, for a little music.
The theme for this week’s Monday’s Music Moves Me is “Songs about being a grandparent or growing old.” What better song to start with than “When I’m 64”
The song that best speaks about growing old together and answers the question posed in the Beatles tune comes from the country charts and Randy Travis. When you marry your true love and you do life together the way God intended, the answer is, I will love you forever and ever…amen. My wife and I are at forty-four years and counting. I think this marriage is gonna last.