Wis­dom of the Ages

ZOOMER Magazine - - CONTENTS MARCH 2018 -

What ad­vice do you wish you had given your 25-year-old self? Re­lax.

What ad­vice would you give your 80-year-old self? Don’t re­lax too much.

What do you know for sure? That all true wis­dom is hid­den in the writ­ten word.

What have you learned? Clas­si­cal gui­tar and Morse code. So, I’m work­ing on a thriller where the se­cret mes­sage is con­tained in a flurry of fla­menco rasquea­dos for the dashes and cas­tanet clicks for the dots. What will you never learn? To play bridge.

Best piece of ad­vice? My sis­ter once told me, “It’s not just you. Ev­ery­one is tired in the morn­ing. I’m just as ex­hausted as you are. So get up and get dressed.”

Did it work? Even­tu­ally. I now start work at 4:30 a.m.

What in­spires you? The sense of won­der in young peo­ple – and even more so in old peo­ple.

The mo­ment that changed ev­ery­thing? Com­ing back from the dead.

Hap­pi­ness is … the re­spect of our friends, fam­ily and col­leagues and the love of an in­tel­li­gent cat.

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