“Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I’m 64?”
– The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967
I grew up with a Beatles soundtrack validating all my experiences; songs of love and heartbreak, of loneliness and connection. The Fab Four were young when they wrote of growing old, and they portrayed the golden years as pleasant but endlessly unexciting:
You could knit a sweater by the fireside, Sunday mornings go for a ride.
Doing the garden, digging the weeds, who could ask for more?
People are starting to ask for more. They’re celebrating alternative paths for years traditionally considered most suitable for a restful retirement. Creative endeavors, good works, unique businesses, travel adventures – people are entering their 60s with enthusiasm for new directions and passions.
My mission is to write about these explorers who see their 60s as just the start of something new. I want to celebrate their accomplishments, learn how they’ve reinvented themselves; to explore the joys and challenges of these trailblazers and the paths they’ve chosen. Whether they are still working or are fully “retired,” their stories will inspire those of us who are joining them in the long anticipated golden years.
I am, in fact, 64 years old, still working full-time as a writing instructor at a culinary institute but eagerly anticipating new adventures and opportunities as a sexagenarian.
~ Laurie Watson