Now I'm Sixty Three
Now I’m Sixty Three
There are but a few weeks before I can sing ‘now I’m sixty four’. I have sung the Beatles version ever since it first came out in nineteen sixty seven. Now I am about to find out if people will still need me or feed me…
Ever since my brain was first able to record and recall memories (being around two and a half when I trapped my ankle between crank and frame on my tricycle) I have been recording history as it happened.
The world was for me at least very different in the late nineteen fifties and early sixties. Things such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the building of the Iron Curtain passed a small boy like me by and media coverage was by modern standards crude as well as limited.
So a lot of the vast changes took place as I lived amongst them only to go back as a historian to see how they shaped the world in which I now live. The most striking difference is that I had time to grow up and become me; to live in my world and grow accordingly; to prepare for whatever the next step would be. I have written before about the pressure on young people today from all quarters and it is no surprise that I see the urgent need for counsellors in secondary education (not that the bean counters at Westminster will pay for them) as some begin to suffer under the pace and pressure of being a teenager.
I do remember Kennedy being shot; the first Dr Who Episode; the Vietnam War; Flower Power; listing to Tony Blackburn on Radio Caroline and a world around me changing with ever increasing pace. Computers as big as ten Albert Halls could not do what my Android mobile can do and yet Man walked on the Moon with less support. I was driving a passenger train near Bedford in the Seventies when Brian Trubshaw flew overhead with Concorde…now it is a museum piece!
Now as we jostle, squabble, argue and struggle for room on the planet we should rewrite some of the lines of McCartney’s lyrics ‘will you still be here when your sixty four….’ Maybe we CAN seize the day and human kind will have spread out to explore God’s creation of an awesome Universe…I hope so.