I wrote this piece on 18 April 2014 when I turned 60.
That doesn't sound like a lot of years to me, but I guess to younger people it sounds ancient; I know 40 years ago I couldn't imagine being 60. People older than me are very reassuring when they wished me today, “you won’t feel any different,” they say, “even when you reach my age.”
That’s a scary thought because I don’t ever ask them how old they are, something that was drummed into me as a child. “Don’t ever ask an adult how old they are, especially if they are ladies.” This was usually said through thin lips in a shouty voice, and accompanied by a wagging index finger.
When my eldest was about 4 or 5, he did something that only beautiful blond boys can get away with. A friend of his Gran had come to visit her; the express purpose being to meet this apple of her eye.
My name is Dave Pughe-Parry. At this stage of my life - just beyond 60 - I am now doing different things, and doing them differently, as I don't believe in retirement! Having had a wide variety of careers in my life I am keen to make a real and meaningful difference.
Change requires many things, but the first is an "Audacious Thought". If the thought is not audacious you are merely tweaking the status quo. More of the same old, same old...
Our lives in western society are so dominated by incompetent and politically-correct government (there are a few exceptions) and unethical (to say the least) and rabidly profit driven business, especially big business.