So this is what 65 feels like?


I hit 65 last month. Let’s try interviewing me.

How does it feel?

Well, pretty much the same as when I was younger. You know, 64, 63…

It happened to me while I was in the UK, so I could celebrate my birthday with my mother for the first time in too many years. She enjoyed the cake. She has no idea who I am.

What does being 65 mean to you?

So many things to choose from…

  • Free public transport and higher car rental insurance rates
  • A higher percentage chance of something nasty like Alzheimer’s or some other terrible thing we now live long enough to suffer from
  • The ability to look back on long experience and offer wise advice that everyone gladly takes
  • A vast inventory of amusing anecdotes to share, to everyone’s delight, even after so many repetitions
Maybe not. Okay, let’s try another tack. Was the past year special?

Oh, yes!

  • One daughter got engaged
  • Another graduated
  • The third starting her university degree studies
  • I escaped from the Madeira forest fires (not much of a story there, but I’m working on it)
  • Three more short stories published
  • Two more small parts in movies
And what do you hope for in the coming year?
  • Another birthday
  • Sanity to infect the world’s governments and electoral systems
  • More anthology acceptances
  • Huge sales of my upcoming novels
  • Fulfilling my birthday resolutions
Birthday Resolutions?
  • Spend more time writing
  • Spend more time on social media (which I sadly neglect)
  • Sleep even less so I have time for the above

I wish each of you a great birthday when it arrives and a wonderful twelve months following!

(And more birthdays after that…)


11 thoughts on “So this is what 65 feels like?

    1. Many thanks, James. It was great being with my Mum and seeing her smile.
      Ref : success. I have a way to go before I catch up with you, but I’ll get there 😉
      Watch my smoke!

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