Last night, I had the privilege of seeing one of my all time favourite bands, The Rolling Stones. I was absolutely blown away by their energy, their passion – seeing Mick Jagger sprint the length and absolutely control the crowd, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood absolutely shredding and loving various solos and improvisations, and Charlie Watts not missing a single beat was incredible.
I never thought I’d get the chance. They formed almost 60 years ago. Combined, I think they’re about 300 years old.
Two things I’ve been thinking about since then:
1. There’s an incredible quality to persistence. To just keeping on. Album after album, song after song. Governments have formed and collapsed, and they just keep going.
2. Work can keep you young. Theodore Roosevelt said “the greatest gift life has to offer is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing.” These guys have discovered that gift, and it keeps them razor sharp. I worked at a golf club for years, so I’ve met a lot of septuagenarians in my time. Not many of them have the same passion for life, the crackling vigour, the boundless enthusiasm I saw last night. That’s why I’ll never stop writing, never stop pushing myself physically and mentally to do more – to be more.
By the way, if you’ve been following along, the exam went well yesterday: I’m officially done with university!