Friday, May 28, 2010

The oldest swinger in town?


Do you think it's really necessary for people to have mid-life crises anymore?

Nowadays, you can do what you like forever. Youth doesn't stop at 45. Obviously being about to turn 45 I can say that. My only worry is that I'm mutton dressed as lamb. It takes an awful lot of courage to go into All Saints. If questioned I'm ready with the I'm-buying a present for my nephew routine. Not that I think I should have to, but sometimes I'm made to feel old. Sometimes I think I look old. I saw a friend of a friend the other day, who told me I've looked the same for 20 years. I disagree, but I was pleased to hear it.

I think it's oldest child syndrome. My brother, who's only three years younger than me isn't fazed by that sort of thing at all. If only I could be as relaxed. I used to make him come into shoe shops with me so I wasn't intimidated by shop assistants dancing in midriff tops. I'm slightly better if I feel like I'm on a mission, but nowadays I find clothes shopping anxiety-inducing because what is the cut-off point for some places? I know I'll never go into TopMan again.

Anyhoo, as I was saying, despite some misgivings, you really can do more or less what you want. I do know the odd person who's leaving their wife for their first love or shacking up with a Thai girl half their age. But I think that's because they've got children and feel trapped. Luckily, I don't have that.

I remember our dentist having his ear pierced in the Seventies and my mum being horrified. But then when my dad came back from town in double denim with a shark's tooth on leather thong hanging round his neck, she didn't bat an eye.

Anyway, I'm off to Las Vegas with Mrs F-C for a holiday at last.

So how's your mid-life crisis going.

8 comments:

Keith said...

What, ANOTHER holiday? It's alright for some, eh?

Cocktails said...

No, you most definitely cannot do want you want. Or rather, you should not do want you want. A case in point is pretty much anyone over the age of 30 wearing low riding, tight skinny jeans. I've seen some shocking sights recently.

And if you're staying trendy, FC, does that mean that you're wearing peg trousers and espadrilles again?

Five-Centres said...

What do you mean ANOTHER holiday? I've had three days in Berlin this year. I am allowed a holiday you know.

And I see those Eighties fashions coming back, Cocktails, and I realise that when this happens, you should back out gracefully.

Clair said...

My gripe is that with advancing age, I was hoping I'd get offered a seat on the Tube, but nobody does. I like to think it's because I look so incredibly young, but it's more likely that other people are bastards.

I preferred it when I was fat. Then people got up because they thought I was pregnant.

Mondo said...

I don't think you could dress middle aged if you wanted to now. The old school 'slacks and sports jackets' men's outfitters seem to have have died out. Altough M&S for men generally peddles almost total fuddery

I haven't had a mid-life crisis yet, but will let you know if get twinges for leather trousers or sports cars

Helen said...

I remember a friend of mine saying he knew his Dad was having a mid-life crisis when he started 'wearing cravats and going on watercolour painting weekends'. Become a standard phrase for mid-life crisis in our household.
Viva Las Vegas!

Ishouldbeworking said...

My brother-in-law is shortly to turn 45 and has started wearing really nasty slip-on shoes. You might want to bear that in mind.

Bright Ambassador said...

I've taken up the drums at 39. Need I say more?

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