Thanks all for your kind birthday wishes via handshake, phone, sms, email and facebook!
45 it is.
Age is only a number but it looks more elegant in Roman. One could write 45 as XLV or simply as VL. That depends on whether you like to go up from 40, or come down from 50. Whether you wish to go forward in life’s cycle or cycle backward like Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”.
50 sounds old to me, but then - at that age Celeste Holm was blissfully cycling forward enjoying her fourth marriage. She married for the fifth time at the age of 87. You go girl.
Before I dive into trivia about Celeste Holm, indulge me for a bit of nonsensia:
Lost in the midst of a mysteriously timeless facebook universe, I cannot help but try and put things in perspective. What is the next big thing for social networking? Someone said Facebook is a colossal waste of time. One might extrapolate that everyone would be using Nose-book in another 10 years or less. Nose-book, what is that? Well after the failed IPO of Touch-book that enables touching your friends via telepresence, we shall be forced to upgrade to Nose-book. Some people always secretly want to inhale the same air as their distant friends. Primal instinct, you know. Good morning, your coffee smells good...or hey - what’s that perfume you are wearing today!
Ah well, I’m not so sure it makes that much sense to base all social networking around the five senses. There is a sixth sense you know. The intuition of knowing you have a friend out there. No matter what.
Besides, there is a lot of comfort in the privacy of offline emails. No one can see you, hear you, or smell you. You are not judged by your physical appearance at all. Conciousness meets consciousness. Now that’s true social networking.
As someone said - We are in similar lifecycles whether in life or in the stock market. We go through the same cycle of hyper enjoyment, then sudden loss of balance, followed by disappointment, rage, frustration, and then quiet
acceptance. A period of emptiness. A moment of reflection. Then comes Realization that Life is too short. We anxiously start the next cycle.
This reminds me of the famous song from an old Hindi movie “Teesri Kasam” starring Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman: Chalat musafir moh liya re…
Ok back to Celeste Holm trivia. Celeste became famous after winning the academy award for “Gentleman’s Agreement” in 1947 where she starred against Gregory Peck.
Celeste married five times in her eventful life; her fifth marriage was when she was 87. She died last month at the age of 95. (In comparison, Liz Taylor married 8 times, in a lifespan of 79 years).
One wonders, what inspires these people to undertake such big commitments to such hard work at marriage. Are they even serious? What kind of delusional hope and optimism. What kind of devastating desolation. What prompted Celeste to contemplate marriage at the ripe old age of 87. What was she thinking!
I have a theory. I think she may not be thinking about her age at all. She was fearless, and she followed her heart when she met that opera singer, less than half her age. Like the drug that does away with forgetfulness, one could have a pill for each extra enzyme that does away with fear; that takes all the cares away; that dispels uncertainty; that assures never ending bliss in a timeless bubble.
Honey, I took the pill, I’m going to be fearless today. See you after I finish my scuba diving lesson.