The Smallest Minority
The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. – Ayn Rand
This song speaks to me. Give it a listen.
Thank you for that.
Happy Birthday – I’m going to be 72 this year and am finally doing that now. Don’t wait is what I will tell me kid (27yo)
I like it. Granted, I waited too late, but I chased my daydreams.
I didn’t get the result I dreamed of, but I don’t regret it either.
And on a similar subject…
70 over here. Yes, I’m doing that too… sigh
I turned 64 almost 2 months ago.
That is a reflective song. My father used to say, “Do it while you can.”
I was thinking more along the lines of What’s My Age Again? by blink-182. Best line – My friends say I should act my age / What’s my age again, what’s my age again?
My dad never said that but after I did something he would quietly to others express pride. I went on a ski trip to Vermont having never even put on skis before, grew up in NYC but bought a house in NJ, bought a motorcycle at the age of 44, went for my PhD at 52. But too often I refrained from doing things for a variety of reasons but boiling down to I did not think very highly of myself and so was scared to try.
Unless it is life threatening what is the worse that can happen? You fail, so what. Hard to get that across to people. especially yourself.
There are some ideas that should be carefully considered prior to attempting at our age. We are not as fast or attractive as we used to be!
My dad told me, “Sometimes you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t. If it comes down to that, I’d rather be damned for what I did than what I failed to do.”
I like the T shirt that says, “I don’t know how to act my age, I’ve never been this old before.”
Glad to see you made it. You had some of us worried for a bit.
66 here. The last few have been the best of my life. I worked 40 years at jobs I wasn’t crazy about, but they got me here and I’m tickled pink.
I once sat next to a woman in an airliner, and we got to talking. She was about 50, and one of the things we talked about was how her life had changed now that all her kids were out of college and living on their own, starting their own families, etc. So I asked her what she wanted to do, and she told me. I don’t recall what it was, but I do recall it required a bachelor’s degree. According to her, her family and friends were all opposed, because “that will take 4 years”, and she’d be like 55 when she was done getting the degree. So I told her: “I recall someone writing Dear Abby (or possibly Ann Landers) about a similar issue, and the answer was ‘How old will you be 4 years from now if you don’t do it'”? This point seemed to resonate with her, and when we parted ways she seemed determined to follow her dream. I hope she did.
Finally, always remember: Dracula was 412 years old when he decided to make a fresh start by moving to London. Sauron was 54,000 years old when he forged the One Ring. Cthulhu had seen galaxies flair into life and then fade into darkness before he put madness in the minds of men. So it’s never too late to follow your dreams.
My mother-in-law waited till all of her kids were out of school to go. she worked full time and so went part time. She got it at 62, that was her dream and we were damn proud that she did it
Wow. Finally got around to listening. Beautiful; speaks to me as well.
That reminds me of this:
That was a track from Bonnie McKee’s first album, “Trouble.” She made it in 2004. In 2007 (I think), the label dropped her because she was “underselling.”
Sounds like a typical “dream of being a star” turning into the usual tragedy, does it not? Not so fast.
Since then, she has collaborated with Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kesha, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Cher, and others. Those collaborations have produced no less than TEN #1 songs.
It’s amazing. Sometimes even when your dreams come true, they don’t. And even when they don’t come true, they do.
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