|The other day I was sitting, drinking tea, thinking of nothing in particular when the following thought entered in to my head.
“In less than 20 years you’ll be 70 years old. When did THAT happen?”
I guess the unspoken ‘other shoe dropping’ of that thought was ‘…assuming you live that long.’. The thought that despite my best efforts the army of old age has put a small tank on my lawn is quite sobering.
I expect to live to my early 80s; I’m taking in to account my parents age at death, my own lifestyle, etc. Various online tests suggest that I’m right but that there’s a chance I might push it out to my 90s or so with more exercise and less pies. Unfortunately the usual vices of drinking, smoking, fast cars and loose women are not available for me to give up, so it looks like asceticism is going to be my way forward….
So…sobering thought…assuming I don’t get hit by a bus, have a stroke, get cancer, fall prey to all the ways that the modern age has of nailing you, I might have just under 30 years left.
Thirty years ago I had left my first job and was freelancing / writing full time. I was a successful magazine and book author, had moved from Nottingham up to Sheffield, and in those wonderful pre-Internet days had hobbies that were nothing to do with computers, although I was writing articles for the home computer magazines. Looking at my radio listening logs, I did a lot of short wave radio listening in ’85 – something I rarely do now. I also ‘tinkered’ with electronics and general ‘stuff’ more than I do now, and I’m only in touch with 2-3 people from back then…
I don’t recollect having any plans for my future then – which perhaps explains why I’ve rather ‘meandered’ through life and how I’ve ended up where I am now. I was really happy doing a bit of freelance programming and teaching but mainly writing – it was the one time in my life that I earned most of my income through writing – good times. It was also just before I started working for a few places where I met people I AM still in touch with…albeit with gaps in contact!
So…sobering…some insights, which I’ll probably be blogging on, and something of a kick up the arse. I’m on the downhill slope, and I’m still not sure how I got here…