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Will you still Like me when I’m 64?

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64How old do you have to be to be considered old?

Case in point: I returned to work recently after a several week vacation. I work in residential healthcare. In my shift report I was told that we had a new resident. When I asked how old he was … ‘oh, he’s really old … sixty-four!”

My immediate response was “Hmmm… that’s not that old, I’m sixty-four in a month and I certainly don’t feel old.

I work in a multi-generational profession. I could understand if the comment came from a young person, but the individual wasn’t too far from my age, at least within the lesser part of a decade.

I grew up in the 60s and 70s listening to Paul McCartney and the Beatles singing ‘Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four?’

Paul supposedly wrote this song back when he was 15 or 16 years old. I’ve been listening to the song for over five decades and each time I hear it, I have given thought to what it would be like being sixty-four years old.

As I recall, it seemed to be so far off into the future that I dismissed it. ‘I’ll worry about it when I get there.’

 

 

As I was writing this, my wife arose for the morning and I shared our morning kiss and hug with her. She provided “I love you.” I responded with “will you still love me when I’m sixty-four?”

Her response was incredulous and surprised me ‘what… you’re sixty-four? Even my own wife couldn’t believe how old I had become. Upon clarification, she revealed that she had thought she had missed my birthday, not that I was getting old. After all, her age is keeping up with me.

While I don’t feel young, I certainly don’t feel old. Things that used to be important to me aren’t so important now. I don’t care as much about what people think about me. While I don’t enjoy being disliked, being Liked isn’t all that big of a deal either.

My social media reach is far greater than my personal day-to-day circle of contacts. With several hundred friends on Facebook, twenty-five hundred connections on Linkedin and close to half a million reads of my content on Quora, I’m surrounded by social-media friends.

Best friends that I have never met. My social media footprint is fairly large. They probably haven’t got a clue that I’m getting up there in years, long in the tooth, so to speak.

I also grew up listening to the Steve Miller Band … ‘time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future.’ It certainly does. I wonder if they will still Like me when I’m seventy-four?

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Rae Stonehouse

Author Bio:

Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 20+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic.

His writing style can be described as being conversational. As an author Rae strives to have a one-to-one conversation with each of his readers, very much like having your own personal self-development coach. Rae is known for having a wry sense of humour that features in his publications.

 

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