41 today. Funny thing is for years I never gave my age a second thought and was never bothered about getting older. Infact I hope I would look like Keith Richards...someone who looks like they've lived abit!
Anyway soon as I hit 40 this time last year I suddenly starting thinking about it to the point where i started to bother me, something I never ever thought would happen. When you get to this age and can easily think back to say your early twenties it dawns on you how quick time goes and really what a short time we have on this planet of ours. Now I do believe that death isn't the end. Not sure what happens but I'm sure something does. So it's not the fact I'm halfway through before it probably all ends on this plane it's more the fact of how quickly it goes and how you don't have time really to sit back and let life go by. So this is a message to those younger folk here say in their early twenties. Listen twenty years is nothing and before you know it you'll be forty. So get out there and do the things you always wanted to do, DON'T wait, grab life and make the most of it. Your not young long and you are probably never as care free at that age again or at least until your retirement. If you have a dream, if want a career in something or travel the world go for it, don't wait, as the saying goes Time waits for no man and though when your twenty forty seems a lifetime away honestly twenty years is nothing at all.
I'm now on the path to my fifties. I don't have regrets as such but I do wish I was more proactive in my twenties, I also wish i had had more confidence in myself and my abilities. Instead I was abit wild and went down the wrong path which i then had to contend with for most of my twenties and alot of my thirties. Though those experiences made who I am today they also meant I let many years slip away in the routine and bubble of addiction.
So again to all you younger ones and to everyone else make the most of the time you have. I say again Time waits for no man. Enjoy life, teach your kids and help them to stay away from any life draining mistakes, give them hope, don't put the down, listen to what they want and then do your damdest to support them, even if it's something that wont make loads of money and not necessarily the career you wanted for them, it's their life and all they need is their parents support in whatever they want to do. Also lets not forget they may change their minds or want to do something else, again support them, don't say "oh you'll just change your mind again like last time" their dreams and wants may change and a Parent should want what ever makes the kids happy. We know as we get older that your not young for long and we need to remember soon your kids will be forty and for me I hope she turns around at that age and says to me dad thanks for supporting me in what ever I wanted to do and trying your best to give me a happy life.
Anyway sorry for the lecture\rant or whatever. Felt I needed to say something. I'm on my own again for my birthday and sometimes you start thinking...
P.S Oh I will say this. I've said all that but if your child wants to be say be a singer tell them of course they can sing, but do it for the love of singing not to be famous. Join a band or be a backing singer, record your tracks and put them on the net. But don't just do it to be famous. This is the sort of advice I'd give. My daughter wants to be a game developer, I've told her even if she wants to go to the states to a Uni there I'd support her in it. Yet her Nan on her Mum's side tells her she will never do that and not to be silly and no way is she going to the States. she is 11, she has a dream and an attainable one. I get very angry and tell her to go for it, nothing is in your way, if you want it enough you will do it. What her Nan does is exactly what I hate and what this post is about aswell.