There are some things in life that are inevitable, such as taxes and ageing. Time stands still for no man (or woman) unfortunately and as the years seem to fly by so much faster the older we get, there is no better reason to ‘carpe diem’. As an homage to growing old, here are some of the best songs written about this inevitable process:
Old Man – Neil Young
Kind of ironic with a name like Young but he did indeed write a song about being an old man. The song featured on Young’s 1972 album Harvest and compares the experiences of a young and old man, reflecting that their needs are similar. Many needs might be similar but in old age, we often need things that young don’t – like a home without stairs, for example! Find out more about the benefits of living in a Gloucester Park Homes for Sale and visit Park Home Life
Time – Pink Floyd
Appearing on the 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon, this melancholic track explores the concept of the passing of time and how most don’t realise until it’s too late. There is a realisation that as we age, we are not preparing for life but are in the middle of it. Sounds like a good time to start preparing for care when we are older. This is why park homes are so popular. They offer a chance for independent living in a like minded community.
Forever Young – Alphaville
Age is just a number many say and it is true, we can all be young at heart no matter how many wrinkles appear! Feeling young at heart is more easily achieved when we can live independently as we age. Having additional time for hobbies and socialising is an important aspect of this and can help us feel younger. By downsizing in retirement, we can free up money and time to spend instead on the things we love doing.
Touch Of Grey – Grateful Dead
Most of us begin dealing with the odd grey hair in our thirties and unfortunately, this doesn’t ever get any better! However, those grey hairs have been earned and should be worn as a badge of honour. Touch of grey was a 1987 single from the Grateful Dead’s album In The Dark.
As The Years Go Passing By – Jeff Healy
When children have grown and homes are empty, it is easy to be melancholy and reflect on the past. However, retirement can be a time of rediscovery and freedom – almost a second childhood for many! Always wanted to travel? Well, without the constraints of work and family commitments, now you can. A positive mindset and a healthy lifestyle can mean many years of happy retirement with a renewed zest for life.
Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce
Written in 1970 after being told his wife was pregnant, this song reflects on the wish for more time and musings on mortality made even more poignant by his death in a plane crash in 1973. Seize the day is the moral of this song.