We Were All A Tough Act To Follow
Ah, the age old question of remaining relevant as one ages. WE were all a tough act to follow, as many of us once thought, when kissed by the sweet bird of youth, that her kiss was everlasting and we would always be youthful, relevant, important, and never get old. It has been said that God, in his infinite wisdom, played a cruel trick upon all living things in making all of them, without exception, grow older, and sometimes not in the most appealing of ways.
WE were all a tough act to follow, as many of us once thought, when kissed by the sweet bird of youth, that her kiss was everlasting and we would always be youthful, relevant, important, and never get old.
Ninety Something In A Twenty Something Club
In modern times, we are told that to keep the mind and body sound, we should practice good eating and sleeping habits, get exercise regularly, read or do crossword puzzles to keep the mind sharp, and so on. All good advice, but if we, later in life, attempt to embrace whatever youthful fad or thinking is the current rage, we risk looking stupid or ridiculous, hence one will rarely see a ninety something in a twenty something club!
The Ability To Keep His Mind Open
It seems to this writer, anyway, that if one has the ability to keep his mind open, and free of the pre-conceived notions that inevitably come with age, that he can at least try to understand the changes taking place just outside his door. In our times, we have seen famous entertainers that were relevant from day one, and continue to be so many decades later, still on the road and entertaining entirely new audiences, often aligning themselves with younger, relevant talent. One can argue that these people are forced to do so, or risk loosing their long and hard fought for audience. For these people, is it the money, the potential of falling from the spotlight, or do they do it just because they care to stay relevant? What differentiates these people from the lonely widow living at the end of the block, curtains perpetually drawn?
Stay In The Moment And Remain Relevant
These are questions that defy answer, in fact, they can be answered differently by everyone that happens to question our very purpose for being here. Sadly, most of us will not cure polio, walk on the moon, or solve the myriad problems confronting our times. If we can, however, in our own way, attempt to stay “in the moment” and remain relevant, we have at least taken some solace from that sweet kiss bestowed upon us by that beautiful bird, so long ago.