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Leonard Cohen at the Arena in Geneva, 27 October 2008

So many great Cohen lyrics come to mind: ‘I ache in the places where I used to play’ and ‘I’ve seen the future, baby: it is murder’.

When asked in the recent Rolling Stone article about whether there were things he couldn’t do anymore, the Master typically turned the question around and observed, “There’s a lot of things that you can do that you couldn’t do when you were younger. You depend on a certain resilience that is not yours to command, but which is present”.

So baby boomers think and feel young, but is getting old a greater burden on this generation? Is it the first generation to have fooled itself into thinking that it would never get old? This article explores the issue very well:
When Did We Get So Old?

If you avoid mirrors and don’t mix with people, you are free to feel young inside. But if you are too narcissistic for this and are not yet a grumpy old person, what do you do? The article provides this advice:

Berkeley Blatz, 65, who has been teaching in the Santa Monica, Calif., schools for more than 30 years, says being the oldest in the room actually became easier once his own acceptance kicked in and he acknowledged he was one of us and not one of them. ‘Interestingly, the older I get, the more connectivity I have with the students,’ he says. ‘They tolerate more from me, and I from them.’

Regardless of all that, Leonard Cohen remains a ‘kid with a crazy dream’. If he ever loses his memory, which I doubt, he may not remember it so well in the Chelsea Hotel, but he will be able to comfort himself with the last line from that song – ‘I don’t even think of you that often’.


What do you think? Do you feel more content as you age? What can you do now that you couldn’t when you were younger? How has life improved for you? Tell us in the comments below

Ray Glickman

Ray Glickman is the CEO of Amana Living, one of WA’s largest aged and community care providers. He came to the sector following many years in local government, where he was most recently the CEO of the City of Fremantle. Ray is an award-winning leader. In recent years, Ray has led Amana Living to win numerous National and State Excellence Awards and previously led the City of Fremantle to win the Alcoa Leadership Award as the Leading Best Practice Council in WA. Ray has Masters degrees in Business, Applied Social Studies and Psychology & Philosophy. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ray is the Chairman of Aged & Community Services WA, Director and former Deputy President of Aged & Community Services Australia, and is a Board Member of United Way WA. He has also served as the President of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of both Therapy Focus and the WA Maritime Museum Advisory Committee. Ray has made presentations at numerous conferences around Australia. He is the co-author of “50 Ways to Achieve Staff Cover”, and his first novel “Reality” was published by Fremantle Press in February 2014. Ray's views can be read in a number of publications, and on his blog:

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