Sandra Bullock, Nicolas Cage, Russell Crowe, Laura Linney, Chris Cornell, Don Cheadle, Juliette Binoche, Glenn Beck, Michelle Obama, Stephen Colbert, Bobby Flay, Diana Krall, Eddie Vedder, John Leguizamo, Clive Owen, David Spade, Rey Lopez…wait! Rey Lopez? Why is he on that list?
Every single one of us was born in 1964.
I’ll be 48 this year. Some – myself included – might want to believe that my age would motivate me to consider that I don’t have a lot of years left. While I won’t say I’m fighting it, I will say that I’m not giving in to getting older. None of the people I listed are on their way out by any stretch of the imagination. If anything, many of them are just now hitting their stride and have a lot of creativity and contributions to make in their various fields of expertise.
It’s easy in this day and age to assume that the greatest architects of culture are in their 30’s or younger. I see in that generation a wave of talented men and women who will one day catch their own rhythm as they model for those coming after them.
In the meantime, I’m taking my cue from my peers who aren’t anywhere close to being done yet. They are influencers of culture and have a lot of work left in them to accomplish.
I know I do.