…Age-ism for Authors? …never!… we’re all Peter Pans and Petra Pans…

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…don’t let emb’dy ever claim yeez are to old to be doing stuff… when I was an infant growing up in Docklands Govan in Glasgow, ‘old people’ constituted men and women who had reached the heady age of 20+… then as I progressed into my teens, the upper barrier for the ‘venerables’ moved on to about 40+… by the time my own longevity had stretched to 45, I no longer even thought about ‘age’ as an issue… funny that, coz I can remember back in the Govan days observing many people who ‘wore’ their advancing age like some heavy burden… their step was slower… their actions and even speech patterns lapsed into parentheses of laboured sighs… walking sticks for otherwise healthy folk seemed almost like mandatory implements when they reached the half-century

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…comes now the modern age when the buzz phrases include nonsense like ‘60 is the new 40’ … well, I don’t know about that, but this ol’ Jurassic makes no bones about how good it feels to be 66 and 1/2 (that 1/2 is important, Mabel)… to hell with wearing a veneer of being ‘all growed up’… in the past 20 years, I have formally retired three times… and each time I got back into some business field or other, coz that’s what I felt like doing… I’ve decided to stop retiring (yes, I’m retiring from retiring)… there’s no way of measuring whether my wee grey cells are disappearing or not, but I reckon there’s plenty enuff of them remaining to keep me active… physically, thankfully, there’s no apparent deterioration, apart from a modicum of wear and tear… mentally, some may doubt my sanity (I am an author after all), but I can still count up to 20 without taking my socks off… I firmly believe a sense of humour (albeit twisted from time to time) is an essential ingredient in my statement, thus… Age-ism for Authors? …never!… we’re all Peter Pans and Petra Pans… my life long hero has been Sir Winston Churchill

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in November of the year 1940, when he took over as Prime Minister, he turned 66… nuffsed… and by the way, I think 80 is the new 20… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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16 responses to “…Age-ism for Authors? …never!… we’re all Peter Pans and Petra Pans…

  1. Do you mind if I stick with Tinkerbell… I still have some magic dust to sprinkle and I tend to slide in my sparkly frock, sideways into the next life with a pen in one hand and a glass in the other…at around 105 – always seemed a good age to me… happy second childhood..

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  2. Carolann Kaiser

    Life begins … at every every new day! x

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  3. I totally agree. We should all keep learning new things and keep our brains active. I think that keeps writers going. We should also never lose our sense of humor. Those things keep you young at heart. 🙂

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  4. Oh, how I love this post. You said everything I belief to be true. I feel so sorry for people who feel they have to ‘look’ their age, whatever that means! Let’s keep kicking our heels, writing our stories, and looking forward to the next 30 years…or more. My mom is 90 years old – she drives everywhere, goes out to lunches and dinners at least 3 times a week, worked at the Gap until she was 84, and plays bridge until past 10 p.m. She’s my role model.
    Petra Pan Pam

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  5. Oh, how I love this post. You said everything I belief to be true. I feel so sorry for people who feel they have to ‘look’ their age, whatever that means! Let’s keep kicking our heels, writing our stories, and looking forward to the next 30 years…or more. My mom is 90 years old – she drives everywhere, goes out to lunches and dinners at least 3 times a week, worked at the Gap until she was 84, and plays bridge until past 10 p.m. She’s my role model.
    Petra Pan Pam

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  6. Yeah! I hope you’ll RT this in a hundred years or so…:)

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  7. You, Sir, are an inspiration. I just celebrated my 10th birthday (life begins at 40) with mini golf, steampunk fancy dress with a spaghetti dinner, where I ate my cake first, mind, and a tea party… so when i get to the age of 26, I’m thinking tha if I’m even half as youthful as you, maybe the pair of us can hook up and you can show me how to toss a caber… deal?

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