When I was young, I always hung out with people older than myself. I think it's because I'm keenly interested in what's next, so I looked to older people to help me learn the way.
Now that I'm over forty, I've begun to notice that some of the people older than me are stuck in ruts, prone to complain that things aren't the way they were, uninterested in trying new things. So I find myself spending a lot more time with younger people. Now it's they who are about what's next.
Moreover, I consider young people an investment in the future. One of the biggest challenges of old age is isolation. Once your friends start dying, you can't make new old friends. So I realized it was time to actively seek the company of people who will outlive me.
Like Young Noah, shown here modeling the bike helmet he bought at the insistence of me and Floyd, his fairy godfathers. When I'm eighty-two, I will have known him forty years and he can nag me about using my cane.
The other advantage of young friends is that they can answer all your questions about technology. Like today, for instance, when Young Noah taught me how to download You Tube videos and save them to I-Tunes so I don't have to worry about them being pulled from Your Friend and Mine the Internet.
Now I just need to explain to him the historical significance of Judy Garland.