The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

Life Goals …

I’ve written a lot about getting older because – lets face it – I’m old.

OK, I’m not ancient, but by adland standards, I’m practically a dinosaur.

I’ve talked about how stupid the industry is to look at people like that – but when someone old is ranting, it sounds much more like someone trying to keep his career going than something more objective.

Anyway, I’m going off on a tangent because what this post is actually about is an elderly lady – a truly elderly lady of about 75-80 years old – who I saw walk into Starbuck’s a few weeks ago.

Now I appreciate this may not sound interesting, but as you can tell from the picture above, she was wearing a bright pink beanie with the words ‘thug life’ on it.

I don’t know about you, but when I saw that, I knew there was only one thing I could do which was tell her she looks amazing, pay for her breakfast and walk away with a new hero in my life.

Adland might think anyone over 40 is past it.

Thankfully humanity doesn’t think that way.

Here’s to those who are impervious to conformity.

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She looks younger and has better fashion tastes than you.

Comment by DH

And you’re still a softy. You’re also still a prick to everyone else.

Comment by DH

an annoying, very fucking small, prick.

Comment by andy@cynic

she could get dressed in the dark and put her makeup on a rollercoaster and still be better presented than campbell.

Comment by andy@cynic

Hahahahahahaha. That’s excellent insulting.

Comment by Rob

im always excellent. its you who is the fucking disappointment.

Comment by andy@cynic

women. people of colour. the elderly. are you trying to win a fucking obe or something. let me save you the effort campbell, you wont. the queen isnt as fucking stupid as uncle dan, deutsch and now fucking rga.

Comment by andy@cynic

The Queen is avoiding meeting Donald Trump.
God save the Queen.

Comment by Rob

Dope color on that hat.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Reblogged this on A Paradise Of Expressions...

Comment by adreamy1

You are truly the OG of planning.

Comment by John

Dare I ask what this is about?

Comment by George

He’s being a cheeky bastard about an overwhelmingly wonderful Facebook post one of my colleagues wrote about me last night.

Comment by Rob

It was a very nice post – I just didn’t know what OG stood for. I was pretty sure it wasn’t a football reference.

Comment by John

OG means original gangster.
It’s supposed to be a cool reference but in Rob’s case, it’s a fact.

Comment by DH

Of course you bought a random stranger breakfast. Could you please stop humiliating the rest of us Robert.

Comment by George

So, here I am, late to the party again.

I’ve been thinking and talking a lot about this lately. Not necessarily being ‘old’ in advertising but ‘age’ as a thing. My daughters are grown up now, with the youngest just finishing up her A-Levels and the two others at various stages of university life. Both my dad and I were both 24 years old when we became dads for the first time, which makes it quite easy for me to compare where I am to where he was when I was at university. Dad was old back then. My daughters look pretty much like the young women I used to study with. I’m still dressing in pretty much the same way as I did back then (except I can afford to buy them from the high street and not from a charity shop) – I’m just a slightly more grown-up version of the Generation X grunge kid that I used to be. I’m still curious about things (although there I might not as be as super-curious as I once was). I’ve recently become more interested in my physical health because I want to spend more time on this planet with Bernadette and the girls and having spent those dark years in the shed (remember the shed?) and the week in the funny farm (remember the funny farm?) I’m incredibly conscious of my mental health and well being. It feels like we’re a different generation of ‘old’ people. Like age doesn’t matter anymore – that it to say that it isn’t a barrier anymore.* And we’re (I’m generalising wildly here, I know) comfortable with technology and don’t get confused by programming video recorders, changing the time on the oven’s clock or installing some strange Internet of Things thing.

Anyway. Hello.

*I should point out that I relish and use my age/experience in my work. I can do this because I’m self-employed and because more often than not I’m actively being hired to be the oldest man in the room. Experience is something that companies like to contract ‘as-required’.

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