I went to see the aging crooner, Neil Diamond, in concert. As he moved quickly around the stage to Sweet Caroline I started wondering, how old is this man who devoted this song to Caroline Kennedy when she was 11 years old? She is the same age as me, does that mean Neil has been rocking for over 42 years? Was this really a man that would turn 72 in January?
His voice was not as strong as years past but the fun he was having on stage was palpable. He had the energy and enthusiasm of a 35 year old. His songs brought some woman to tears and as I looked around the arena there were 30 year old women going gaga over him.
By all accounts he should be home sitting in his rocking chair thinking about his golden years. Given the average American man lives only a little past 76, Neil shouldn’t be buying green bananas. But he doesn’t seem to care about his age. He cares about doing what he loves, music.
Neil inspired me tonight. He put the theory “Age is just a number,” into real context.
So when your bones feel a little creaky in the morning, give yourself a break, let yourself out of age prison.