Look out Justin Bieber! Here Comes the Competition!
We're not Getting Older but Better
Don’t let anyone tell you you’re too old to become a rock-n-roll star, even if you are in your fifties. We are our own creative being despite our age, which in my opinion has nothing to do with what we choose to accomplish in our lifetime. I’ve seen eighty-year olds garnish their first college degree with great enthusiasm. These goals may appear insignificant to the average young adult, but to us oldies it is a major accomplishment well worth recognizing.
I just retired from a public education career and overnight I was compelled to write music. As a child I had a few piano lessons and that joy of learning to read and play music still resonated within my mind. So I bought a keyboard—the Grand Piano of keyboards from Yamaha with all the bells and whistles. It has opened a door to my creative music writing juices and I am having the time of my life.
We are a visual society which is truly one of our greatest downfalls. By being so dependent on accepting what are considered limitations by what we see we forget it is our minds that are the machines behind our creativity. If only we didn’t look in the mirror, right? We can still create fabulous things and have enigmatic ideas despite our aging bodies.
I still pull out the karaoke machine and sing my heart out despite my creaking joints. I continue to enjoy motorcycle cruises, and riding horses, and walking or bicycling. Yes, I’m retired, but I don’t have to act like it. Sadly, even the word ‘retired’ is an oxymoron. Break it down and we get ‘re’ with ‘tired’. Come on! Give us old folks a break! As the saying goes, you’re only as old as you feel, and you only feel old if you want to.
So all you youngsters out there better watch out, because not only do I intend to write a hit song but I also have a lot of wisdom and contacts that you have yet to achieve. When you think about it us old-timers actually have the edge on the kiddies. We also have financial stability and a lot of common sense due to years of experience that most young adults have yet to undergo. Good luck on that, you whippersnappers! It’s no easy row to hoe, that’s for sure. We’ve been there, done that.
Now I focus on the joy of becoming the next Britney Spears as I tinker with my beautiful new keyboard and explore every available facet of creativity it offers. I worked long and hard over the years for this moment to be free to create, and you can bet I’m going to enjoy it.
The big problem I have now, how do I move this massive thing into the other room for better lighting by myself? Darn it!
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