At Singletrack we like to do a mega merch deal when we have a staffer birthday. Today I turn 50.
Blimey. 50. Fifty. 50. Five O. Hmmm?
For many years it’s been a personal tradition to go skateboarding on my birthday. You see, about 33 years ago someone once said to a 17 year old Charlie “you wont be skateboarding when you are my age”. The guy saying that was 44, and I really like to prove people wrong.
Jay Adams, a talented skateboarder from the absolute genesis of vert skating, charging empty swimming pools in the 70’s… once said something like “You didn’t stop skateboarding cos you got old – you got old cos you stopped skateboarding”. He was still skating with fine style when he died at 53 years old. 53, fifty three eh.
I once harvested great wisdom from an illustrated sheep on a mountain bike. “Maturity is an over-reaction to reality” is what he told me. You can trust sheep.
You know what. People always gear up to the scarcest resource. For example, if you have no food, you will really focus on getting some. Now when you get to 50, it almost doesn’t matter how much money is in the bank, or how big your house is, we are all dealing with the only resource that we can not replace, substitute or buy. We are all running out of time. Now that kinda focusses you.
Play Is Important.
I suggest you never stop riding your mountain bike. Never. Bloody never. Ride forever or until you die… whichever comes first.
Keep on keeping on. And **** the naysayers who had given up having fun before they were 44. Yeah, **** those clowns.
Birthday Merch Deal
£5.00 off my super-duper Bum Butter.
For a limited time (based on when I get back into the office after a few days off), you can get five whole pounds off the world’s leading sports butter for bums. Singletrack members also get free UK postage.