When I turned 50, I could think, “Maybe I still have another half a lifetime left.” After all, the number of centenarians in the United States has been growing. Willard Scott, with whom I share a birthday, BTW, still announces the birthdays of those over 100 on NBC-TV’s TODAY show, as far as I know.

Now that I am 60, though, I have to acknowledge that I’m not going to live another 60 years, even if I move to Azerbaijan and start eating yogurt soup. (And if I’m wrong, which one of you is going to write to correct me?)

I note this, not with melancholy or dismay, but with a certain resolve not to waste my time with X or Y. I’ve already done a fair job in that I’ve largely stopped caring about the negative things people who aren’t friends and family say. It’s not that I won’t complain about them, and in fact, I’m even more likely to do so, probably in this blog; it’s that the anger and frustration don’t consume me, as they once did.

Once upon a time, every March 8 (the day after my birthday), I would play a particular Paul Simon tune. The lyric started:
Yesterday it was my birthday
I hung one more year on the line
I should be depressed
My life’s a mess
But I’m having a good time

I played that song annually for 20 years or more. I should get back to doing that again.

Have a Good Time – Paul Simon

10 Responses to “The difference between turning 50 and turning 60”

  • Denise says:

    Happy Birthday for yesterday Roger – Paul Simon eh? What a guy to associate with your birthday. Strangely enough you have made me realise how many moments in my life were associated with a Paul Simon track – either he as a single artist or with his sidekick Garfunkel. Yes timeless yet symbolic memories.

  • Roger says:

    If I were to pick a Simon song for last night, it would have been Slip Slidin’ Away- treacherous out last night in Albany. Not that much snow, but very slick.

  • “It’s not that I won’t complain about them, and in fact, I’m even more likely to do so, probably in this blog…”

    Well played! They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but maybe it’s a thing best served in a blog. Not that you do that, of course—well, not yet

    I fully expect you to outlive me, and I plan on staying around until well past 100. You have been warned.

  • It’s funny. I FREAKED OUT at around 28 when I realized that I was almost 30 and the fairy tale I had written for myself back when I was 10 wasn’t going to happen.

    Now, at the ripe old age of 32, I have come to accept these things…

    Or does everyone have that realization around 30? And then have it again at about 40 and… ?

  • Reader Wil says:

    Ten years is a long time! December this year I shall become 80 and that sounds a lot older than 70. The years left are getting less and less.. Every tenth year is a great step in a lifetime.

  • Happy birthday, my friend. I’ve never bothered too much with age. It’s all relative – I didn’t get properly diagnosed with my manic depression until I was 50, and I’ve made the past six years count in so many ways. I’m one of the only women I know proudly letting the grey show. I sprouted a new dimple last year (I think that’s from hanging with Lex!).

    These days, my theme sound is Simon when he was still with Art Garfunkel: “Old Friends.” There’s something so sentimental about that, and I can picture myself with so many old friends, sitting quietly… Thanks, Roger. Amy

  • lisa says:

    Thirty was fine. At forty, there was a meltdown, but fifty was fine again. Go figure.

  • Nik says:

    Happy belated 60 to you, good sir!

  • People who are in their 50s act like they have everything figured out, and younger people respond to them like they do, at least on the surface. But I have observed that people in their 60s gradually let go of that attitude. As I am still in my 50s, that attitude of the sexagenarians is still a mystery to me. So let us know how that goes, okay?

    You’re a sexagenarian…

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