I do?t ever remember being afraid of?oldnes?.There are things I miss about being younger - chiefly the ability to pull all-nighters and keep working and working well; and being smiled at by girls I did?t know who thought I was cute; and I wish I had the eyesight I had even five years ag? but that stuff feels pretty trivial. ?m happier than ?ve been at any time in my life these days. I have a wonderful wife whom I adore, watched three amazing kids grow into two delightful adults and my favourite teenager, an astonishing number of grand life experiences, ?ve made art ?m proud of, I have real, true, glorious friends, and ?ve been able to do real good for things I care about, like freedom of speech, like libraries.Sometimes ?ll do something like An Evening With Neil and Amanda, or the 8 in 8 project, and completely surprise myself.I miss friends who have died, but then, ?m glad that time gave them to me, to befriend, even for a while, and that I was alive to know them. I knew Douglas Adams, and I knew Roger Zelazny, and I knew John M Ford, and I knew Diana Wynne Jone? do you know how lucky that makes me?Ah, ?m rabbiting on, and I sound a bit more Pollyannaish than ?m intending to sound: I know the downside of age and the downside of time, and I am sure that the view from age 51 is not the view from age 71.I wish the time had?t gone so fast, though. And sometimes I wish ?d enjoyed it more on the way, and worried about it less.
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November 10, 1960