The Latest

THE LATEST

THE LATEST THINKING

THE LATEST THINKING

The opinions of THE LATEST’s guest contributors are their own.

This Guy is 5-0

John Turnbull

Posted on June 16, 2019 07:20

0 user

A look back at the last half-century...

Putting aside the bad pun in the title that really shows my age, it's arguable that the only significant "milestone" birthdays are one's first, 18th, 21st, and 50th. And of course, the very last one.

The first birthday is important because, well, you made it into this world. The 18th indicates you're becoming an adult and lets you legally drink a lot of places around the world, and the 21st mops that restriction up. Plus, it is the milestone where dreams should be put into action. I cried on my 21st birthday because I hadn't become a rock star yet and believed all the Madison Avenue hype like "young is best" and "never trust anyone over 30." I still had not grown up and never thought I'd live to see 40, let alone 50.

The rest of my 20s and most of my 30s steamed past me in debacherous undertakings that would be memorable if I could remember most of them. By my late 30s, I got off the reverse retirement plan, stopped touring, and decided to go back to school to finally get serious with my life and career choice.

Now here I am, a week into my 50th year on this planet with steady employ and mostly debt free. The wrinkles and grey have stayed at bay, and I still feel young. I'm proud to say I'm 50. Plus my birth digits "6/9/69" still makes a pretty good pick up line: "You believe in numerology?"

So looking back, here's why I think being 50 now is the best time ever to be that age:

1) We were born during the optimism of Woodstock and the moon landing.

2) We were at the perfect age to be enthralled by "Star Wars" and it's sequels.

3) We caught the video game phenomenon in it's infancy (Atari) and grew up as it did.

4) We witnessed technology grow basically from its commercial emergence to what it is today and bridge the gap between computer illiteracy and tech savvy.

5) We still have the residual work ethic and the ideal that privilege and entitlement are earned, not expected; a leftover from our parents' generation.

6) Public education was still effective; eg. we were taught grammar, not emoticons, and had to look something up instead of asking SIRI - a practice I still utilize today (although Internet searches are pretty good).

7) We still communicate through the written and oral word, not text-zombie.

8) Music was actually music.

9) We got to experience the most laughable decade in modern history, the 80s, first hand (and have photos of our crimped hair and balloon pants to prove it).

10) We're old enough to understand this too-far-left-join-the-cause-for-likes-not-belief millennial mentality which makes us snicker even harder at it.

Yeah, overall, being 50 today is pretty great! And my profile picture is only 5 years old...

Other celebrity birthdays on June 9th: Johnny Depp, Michael J. Fox, Natalie Portman and Peter the Great.

John Turnbull

Posted on June 16, 2019 07:20

Comments

comments powered by Disqus
Source: Television

At a time when everything old seems to be new again, why is our nostalgia so homogeneous? read more

THE LATEST THINKING

Video Site Tour

The Latest
The Latest

Subscribe to THE LATEST Newsletter.

The Latest
The Latest

Share this TLT through...

The Latest