When a person is a teen, the idea of being a grown up is exciting and somewhat freeing. The illusion of having money, a car, a house and family are cool.

When a person is in their 20s, they are immortal and have the whole life ahead so doing a few stupid things won’t hurt, right?

When a person is in their 30s, suddenly they look a little old at concerts and the much younger crowd is cooler so you focus on work.

When a person is in their 40s, they start to panic that things aren’t as they imagined as a child and ... oh my, do I need reading glasses?

When a person turns 50, there is a list of medical procedures that need to be done since you have reached a milestone and things may progressively get worse from here. Oh joy.

When a person turns 60, age has come to stay and the idea of retirement doesn’t have that same luster. Time to buy a convertible or hot rod.

When a person turns 70, all bets are off. At this age you can now be “that crazy old….” and get away with it — enjoy!

When a person turns 80 — time to get serious. It’s not too late to take up smoking, drinking or gambling. What are you waiting for?

When a person turns 90, a belly dancer and/or fireworks are a must for the celebration. Ten more years to go and you too can be on a Smucker’s Jelly label!

Regardless of your age, there are no guarantees. Stop putting off learning something new or calling an old friend. You can start a bucket list at any age and remember a thrill once in a while is good for the heart!

Remember knowledge is power and old people have cool stories so don’t forget to ask!


Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.