The Beatles recorded When I’m 64 in 1966
, and it was included on the Sgt. Pepper’s album released in 1967.
Music can be a powerful influence on us, and the impact of a single title can evolve and transform like we all do over time.
I regarded this song as rather trivial when I was younger, how peoples relationships would shape their existence at that long off period was so remote it was no concern to me.
My generation is now faced fully with these questions of how we fit into the world of 2018 and beyond. For many of my peers, their plans of comfortable pensions and a quiet retirement are coming true. They worked jobs that provided that opportunity, it was what they wanted and they are finding things that fill their time. Travel, gardening, grandchildren, and hobbies fill their days and money is no concern.
I don’t want that.
I want to work, engage in growing businesses or organizations and shaping public discourse. I don’t want to serve on the senior’s committee or be engaged on senior’s issues. I have become increasingly marginalized by assumptions society makes about people as they age and I have had enough of it.
Issues I want to be working on:
1. Demilitarization– Whether it is the increasing use of force in place of diplomacy or the Swat Team mentality of law enforcement we need to back up and move our society in a more positive direction. Force has never been a long-term solution, more weapons just create more violence.
2. Politics – Not a new interest for me, but one I want to continue to engage in. Politics in Nova Scotia has always been a blood sport, however social media is contributing to an increasing pettiness to it. We need the debate about how we grow our economy so we can have good jobs for people with livable wages and a viable social contract. We need to debate how we continue to provide for those who will never be able to provide for themselves and what our responsibility is to those whose choices or circumstances make them dependant on society. These are discussions we keep punting down the road hoping that something magical will occur so we never have to really deal with them.
3. Ecology – Nova Scotia/Canada still has many pristine natural areas but third world countries like Cuba have placed a higher priority on preserving their ecology than we have. Paper plant effluent, raw sewage, plastic waste and mountains of garbage from our disposable society are real problems – here, today, now! Like the economy, we need to step up and deal with what we are doing to our natural environment.
I heard the other day that an actress that I have never heard of was making $64,000 per post on Instagram for posting racy content and a mediocre pitcher can make $15 million per season. As I approach 64 I don’t like what I see and I plan to spend my time doing something about it.
When I’m 64 I plan on continuing to feed myself, and I think the world still needs me.