When I’m 64

When I get older losing my hair, many years from now, will you still be sending me a valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine?

Few people of my era will fail to recognise these words as the opening lyrics of The Beatles’ 1967 hit ‘When I’m 64’ from their revolutionary album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Apparently, Paul McCartney wrote this song when he was 16 to impress a new girlfriend by painting a picture of what their future life together might look like.

Back then I was 13 and reaching the age of 64 seemed unimaginable. Also, the people I knew at the time who were in their 60s – my grandparents essentially - seemed ridiculously old. Ancient, in fact.

Well, today I did turn 64! And I can confirm I am losing my hair, even though my barber tries to make me feel better by carefully manipulating the mirror so as to avoid my bald patch when she shows me my haircut.

Valentine cards dried up many years ago but I undoubtedly get more birthday greetings now than I have ever done. I know Facebook is not to everybody’s liking but it does a great job of keeping me in touch with friends I’ve made over the years and reminding them of when it is my birthday.

As for bottles of wine, it seems to be the birthday gift of choice amongst my friends. Some might suggest that shows a lack of imagination or effort on their behalf but I’m happy to accept that it just shows they know me very well!

Thankfully, my darling wife of 32 years, Sally, is adamant she still needs me; and she is still feeding me too. My birthday treat tonight is fish and chips from Wetherby Whaler, the excuse being that she has to work late but to be honest I can’t think of anything I’d like better. Needless to say, I will be washing them down with a nice bottle of wine.

Also, it goes without saying that now I have reached the ripe old age of 64 I don’t feel in the least bit ancient. I might not leap out of bed in the morning quite like I used to but – touch wood - I am still reasonably fit and active. Golf, badminton and cycling are all part of my weekly routine and although my rugby playing days are probably over I’d be sorely tempted if someone suggested veterans’ ‘touch and pass’. I’m not ready for it yet but I haven’t ruled out giving ‘walking football’ a go either. The same applies to crown green bowls!

And, of course, I’m still involved with Source, which is very mentally stimulating, keeping up with the rapid changes that are taking place in the PR and marketing communications sector. My role means I’m only in the office one day a week these days but I keep in touch with what is happening every day. It’s great to see the team developing and honing their skills, growing our client base, producing really good work and receiving very appreciative feedback – not least because I am still a shareholder!

Written by Steve Clark, 25/10/2018