So here I am a new member of the quintegenerain club! I feel like I should have some words of wisdom for those of you who haven’t got here yet, but honestly I still feel like I did when I was 25. I keep waiting to feel like a grown-up.
However, despite the inevitable physical slackening, mentally I am a much happier and saner person than I was in my 20s and 30s. I’ve had a few hard knocks over the past few years, but experience has taught me to face them with hard won resilience and stoicism. And while I’m not really a believer in there being any grand plan, it has often proved true for me that when bad things have happened new doors have opened leading to better places.
Some people go in for extreme sports in order to get a kick out of life – well I did all that a long time ago. I dived through caves full of stingrays in the Canaries, and went surfing in stormy seas off the Gower coast. I climbed mountains in the snow and slept out in bivouacs on the Brecon Beacons. I had many adventures, but the one I’m having now is the most exciting yet.
I’m currently in the most creative period of my life and feel like I’m producing work that I couldn’t possibly managed without my years of experience behind me.
I’ll keep you posted on developments as soon as I can J