Message from the President
Welcome all, I was pondering what profound message I will relay, that will change your lives forever and make you run out and help every destitute person, adopt every stray animal and change the world!
I then came to the realization that as I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to, and less critical of, myself. I’ve become my own friend. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with age. Afterall whose business is it if I choose to read, or play on my phone until 4am? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s, and if I, at the same time, I wish to weep over a passing sentimental moment, I will.
I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over my bulging body or set just below my boop and will dive into the waves, despite the pitying glances from the jet setters. They, too, will get old. I know I am sometimes forgetful. But then again, some of life is just as well forgotten and eventually, we will remember the important things.
Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile. It will never know the joy of being imperfect.
I am so blessed to have lived enough to have had my hair turn gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into the grooves on my face. So many have never laughed and too many have died before their hair could turn gray. As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think and although I still question myself from time-to-time. I think I have earned the right to be wrong.
So, to come back to, “what I profound message I was going to leave you with?", here it is:
I like being older. I think we all do. It has set us free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been or worrying about what will be and I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it). I will take the year ahead in its stride and try promote the concept of “Live life to the full !” and encourage ex-tablers to join our association, an association of old friends, some of which you still have to meet.
So lets all stop squabbling about the small increase in membership fees, afterall it only costs R1-23c a day or R37-50 a month. Really that is only 1 x double whiskey you will have to abscond each month. Printing prices and fuel prices have sky rocketed and for the Exec to do it’s job that you expect from us we had to increase the membership fees. Lets also forget the mistakes of the past and move on, lets look to the future of our beloved organisation and build it up, rather than spend time find fault.
I look forward to seeing you all this year at some venue or other, remember “Live life to the full !” and enjoy it.
David Mc Kay
Southern Africa 41’er President 2018