As I grew older, I heard many times and from a variety of people, including my Mother and Father, that while your body may age, your mind still thinks as it did when you were much younger. I have since found this to be true (at least until you look in the mirror and wonder who that old person is).

Age creeps up on some people and races up on others, through action or inaction, good genes or bad, good choices or hard choices. Growing old is inevitable, but growing up is not. Stay active in body and mind, think, wonder, dream, live, love, laugh and most of all, smile. I know this all sounds like a high school grad Valedictorian speech, but I do think that this is something most 17 and 18 year olds know at graduation and then somehow forget on their way to the responsibilities of adulthood.

Think young and don’t look in the rearview mirror, but, if you must, remember to smile at what that young person has become.

67? ©

Sixty-seven years,

growing old, not growing up!

How did this happen?

1955 – Fashion Plate
1958 – in my Dad’s arms
1961 – Happy Birthday to Me (in the middle)
1966 – me and my dog
1970 – Bike Mechanic in Banff
1971 – Grade 12 Grad
1974 – Workin’ Man
1975 – Yup, I used to have hair
1976 – Engaged
1977 – Married Man
1990 – Young?? Family Man
2004 – Older family man
2017 – Losing my head in Ireland
2017 – Christmas Onesie.
2019 – 1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila, Flooooooor
November 2020 – Still mucking about

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

44 thoughts on “67?

  1. These are such fantastic photos, Allan, particularly the one from 1974 – I love how important was the attention on the collar through the 197os.

    Let this day be full of joy and celebration. I wish you an outstanding and fabulous birthday, my friend! Your posts and snow photos always bring a sweet smile to my face! Happy birthday! Aiva

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    1. Somehow, a very humbling experience looking back at what passed for fashion back then. The first photo of me with long hair and in a dress, shows that my Mom had a sense of humour. That one made it into my Grade 12 yearbook and nobody believed it was me. Thanks so much for your kind wishes Aiva. Snow photos are in the hopper. Enjoy your week and as always thanks for your friendship and for reading. Allan

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  2. As they say Allan “Who’s that old guy wearing my pajamas!” ( if you wear pajamas that is, either way its scary) Nice collection of memories!

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    1. No pajamas for me. Sorry for the visual. Those are almost all the photos I have of me. The rest all went when my sister’s house trailer caught fire. Likely saved my readers from eyeburn. Thanks for reading. Hope all is well. Allan


    1. Thanks Bernie. Funny story about the hair. It left me fairly early and I remember sitting on the floor reading a bedtime story to my oldest when he was about 4. I was leaning forward, when he piped up…”Dad, you really should get some hair.” Thanks for reading and your wishes. Allan


  3. I love this read Allan. Photos are amazing

    On Mon., Nov. 9, 2020, 5:31 a.m. PhotoBlography3, wrote:

    > kagould17 posted: ” As I grew older, I heard many times and from a variety > of people, including my Mother and Father, that while your body may age, > your mind still thinks as it did when you were much younger. I have since > found this to be true (at least until you look in t” >

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  4. Happy Birthday my friend. We are so lucky to have had you in our lives for the past 46 years. May your day be filled with lots of love and happiness. And I love the graduation photo – I recognized you immediately. Hugs

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  5. Happy birthday, Allan.
    I think the best we can hope for is a chain of good memories and a mindset that allows us to accept that our bodies will grow old despite our mind’s best efforts to remain young. I consider it to be some sort of adventure, I guess. I am hopeful not to have bad health as I get older, but I am also accepting that I simply cannot do things like I used to… or at all. So, part of the adventure is coming up with creative ways to keep doing things or learning to do new things.
    It sounds to me like you’re in a similar state of mind. Good for you. And interesting photo history.
    Stay well.

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    1. Thanks so much for your good wishes and kind words Scott. You are right. Things change, but the creativity continues to flow. I’m with you and doing all I can to enjoy good health. Yup, those few photos are most of what I have left from y childhood, but they are good ones. How are you holding up with all the crazy going on down your way right now? Hope you are well and enjoying good weather. Allan


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