Many years ago, a movie star named Bette Davis is credited with coining the phrase…
Getting old ain’t no place for sissies.
For those of us that are getting up in years, but maybe not getting old, it’s a saying that certainly sticks with us. But in my opinion a much better saying is…
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
Think about that one for a second.
I have been around a long time. Born during the Second World War, I am a witness to the end of the industrial revolution, the emergence of the computer era and then the information era. I became a radio broadcaster when still not 19 years old and when radio was the main mass medium. Television had begun, but just barely, and the world was still a small unexplored place.
I broadcast the death of Pope Pius XII, John Kennedy, Martin Luther King and many other events of the late 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. I started playing music as a disc-jockey during the evolution from rock-a-billy to rock ‘n’ roll. I saw pure country artists merge into the new Top 40 music of the day and listened as Top 40 became hard rock, grunge and hip hop.
During the 70’s and beyond, I spent my time in the executive suite as middle management at various levels, then President and Chief Executive Officer of several large traditional broadcast companies and a satellite broadcast service. Retiring from broadcasting in 2007 after 50 years and 6 months.
During the latter 14 years of my broadcast career, I got heavily involved in the Internet. Having a high interest in computers since the end of the 60’s, it was a natural evolution to explore this new thing, the Net. Even today, the end of 2018, I am deeply involved in the Internet on many levels.
Now to “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”
As we age, our bodies and minds also go, no matter how hard one tries to maintain the fountain of youth, it does catch up. Most are lucky enough to slide into their 60’s, 70’s and eighties and beyond without many issues. It’s in their DNA to be in this lucky pool. But many of us are not as blessed and must overcome a few medical issues, or maybe many medical issues. The key phrase is, overcome issues.
If you’ve read this page all the way through to here, you know that I am in my high 70’s. What you don’t know is that I have survived a stroke, and a minor stroke, a heart attack, cancer, kidney removal and diabetes among other more minor issues. Any one of these could have stopped me in my tracks, but attitude and a huge bucket list of things still to do has meant that I am still very active.
My latest project is speaker/presenter at clubs, organizations and via video and podcasts with the theme…
Old Age Ain’t No Place For Sissies!
These presentations are very motivational in style, targeted to those 55+ as they re-evaluate where they are and where they are going. Usually with a negative approach to the internal discussion. But life is short enough without bringing a degree of negativity to your life.
I am not saying you shouldn’t be real, but you must be positive toward your future, not matter where your future is beginning.
I reside in Niagara Falls Canada and my sphere is usually within a couple of hundred miles, plus the range of the Internet. If you are interested in one of my presentations, please contact me using the “contact” form on this page and I’ll be happy to send you an outline and other information for your consideration.
For those looking for a lift as they age, here are a few options for you: