My wife Colleen and I had the pleasure of seeing The Rolling Stones play at Gillette Stadium in the summer of 2019, and we were thrilled that we made the “investment” to see it! It was nothing short of spectacular and inspirational at the same time.
I was the youngest of four children (by 5 years) and I can vividly recall spending many happy hours in my older brother and sister’s rooms listening to Stones albums. Clearly, I wasn’t the only one to have this childhood experience because the entire packed stadium of 55,000+ sang every word to every song!
What blew us away was watching Mick Jagger captivate the crowd with his singing and dancing, still 100% on his game….at the soon-to-be age of 76! Yes, 76! He was awesome! All of the band members are in their 70s, they’re still playing, and they’re still good!
Jagger didn’t stop moving for one minute and still had the same command of the audience he had 30 years ago. He appeared ageless. What an inspiration!
As Colleen and I were discussing his motivation while driving home (clearly not money as his net worth is in the hundreds of millions), I shared with her some of the conversations I’ve had with so many of our members over the years about why they still do what they do well past the point of “needing” to. (I strongly recommend taking a moment to read the excerpt from my book The Relaxing Retirement Formula on this very topic of refusing to adhere to conventional and severely limiting societal definitions and norms surrounding the concept of retirement and creating your ideal lifestyle.)
I shared our inspirational experience of the ageless Mick Jagger this morning with a very active Relaxing Retirement member who just turned 90 and still manages his commercial real estate property in addition to an extensive social and travel schedule. I jokingly stated, “I’m not sure I know of two more inspiring examples. What’s everyone else’s excuse?”
His response was so prophetic that I have to share it with you, “Others age because they listen to constant reminders that they are getting old. And unfortunately, they start believing it. We are constantly reminded by well-meaning family members (our biggest “enemies”) of all the things we can’t or shouldn’t be doing. Turn a deaf ear and mind to all that b.s. If you think old and act old then, guess what…you’re old. Shoot me.“
Wow! How’s that for an answer!
I wonder what Jagger’s response would have been!