Validate your Irrelevancy
As you read this you may or may not be aware of the fact that you are aging. Already you are older than you were when you started
In order to have a starting place it will be easiest for me to do it from a personal point of view. I don’t pretend that it is the way everyone is going to face aging or that is will suit anyone other than me. However, I have had to come to grips with the fact that with aging, particularly past a certain point, comes a series of things other than the physical considerations. Even though your life will not follow the path mine has, it could find a path that is related.
I am 75 years old. I love my life and my work. I am still working and able to do a lot more than I am asked to do. In order to put it all into some sort of perspective I will add just a few facts which for me add to the general parcel of aging.
The most astonishing revelation that has come to me through the last months is that with aging there comes, to one degree or another, irrelevance. This struck me like a thunderbolt.
Jobs that I had always been sought for were going to younger conductors and often to conductors from overseas. I think my initial reaction was an ordinary human one. I could not understand how anyone could possibly think that a youngster or a foreigner could possibly do the job as well as I could. Also, I was here and with the recession, because of the geography, I would even cost less.
Some of my contemporaries have publicly jumped up and down berating the world for its lack of judgment, care, awareness, knowledge plus all sorts of other words.
This is an easy reaction. It is very comforting to think that everyone out there is making a mess of your life and that in reality you have nothing to do with it. It lets you eat and drink to excess because you are a victim and that is probably the only solace available.
With my irrelevance comes the moral duty and obligation to make sure that I encourage those youngsters (funny to think that even those in their 60s are youngsters) to do it better and better. In doing that I feel that I truly have a challenge as well as a duty to share with any who are interested and want to have it, all that I have learned in the 50+ years I have been making a living doing it.
So, this blog is going to be, for as long as I am able to hobble up to the computer, a blog about how to enjoy and profit from irrelevance.
Here there is the Melbourne Club which is very high brow and for many desirable as well as all sorts of other clubs with various names and determinations. I am seriously considering forming the Irrelevancy Club. Its purpose would be to be completely useless.