The Cult of Celebrity and the Ticking Clock

The Cult of Celebrity and the Ticking Clock

With Superbowl LI in the bag, the long winter is officially upon us. I don’t know about you, but for me this decade of life seems chock full of deja vu. The names and feats of athletes, rock stars, politicians, and public figures seem all too familiar. Albeit spectacular at times, we’ve all seen a lot of spectacular at this point, and it doesn’t always hold the weight it once did. Celebrities grab our attention, but not for long. We begin to realize, while the distraction entertains, in the end it doesn’t matter much.

The Passivity of Celebrity Culture

I’m going to throw something out there, and you can decide if you want to reel it in. It’s easier to watch someone else’s successes than it is to build our own. So while the cult of consumerism keeps us dissatisfied, the cult of celebrity keeps us docile. There is nothing wrong with celebrating others’ accomplishments, and I’m not demonizing celebrities. It’s fine to watch your favorite team, singer, movie — we all need to relax and escape. But we have a problem when their accomplishments are put on a pedestal, and ours are neglected, or worse, not pursued. What I’m saying is that by overly focusing on celebrity, we give ourselves permission to slide, to be spectators instead of in the game. The time and thought we spend in adulation, or even envy, could be spent tangibly improving ourselves.

Cult Celebrity and the Ticking Clock

This matters now more than ever because we are late in the third quarter here, folks. We have 20 to 30 years left to make a dent, leave a legacy, see the world, and enjoy the people we love. But we can’t do it from the bench, watching someone else’s game. The accomplishments of others are admirable and inspiring, but they are not enough. Make a plan and think about what matters, and how you can realize your goals and dreams while you still have time. There will always be another big game, but there are only so many we get to suit up for.  Make sure you’re the MVP of yours. Godspeed, man over fifty.

How Hipsters ruined being over fifty, and what you can do to reclaim your eccentricity…

How Hipsters ruined being over fifty

I won’t claim to understand hipsters, I’m too tired to make sense of their irony-with-an-irony approach. What I will tell you is, I feel a little bit cheated by how hipsters ruined being over fifty. Think back, you remember it –you were just a kid, and you had an uncle or neighbor with the unusual mustache and the odd combination of clothing that completely lacked “modern” fashion sense. Something set him apart  — and he seemed pretty darn happy. He had a certain air of “yeah I’ve a lived a little, and I’m going to do what I want, I’ve earned it…”. He didn’t particularly care what you, or anyone else thought about his appearance, he kind of just enjoyed doing what he wanted to.  I always sort of looked forward to that day. It’s not so much about giving up, as not giving a darn what anyone thinks.

as opposed to a way that says you spent twenty minutes staging an Instagram post trying to look disenfranchised

The Great Heist

Then, alongs strolls the hipster, and slowly they steal each potential eccentricity from our tool box. They didn’t earn them, they just took them, and in a way that both mocks us and draws attention to themselves. They stole a lot of the pleasure that comes from getting to be a little eccentric in our midlife years. Now, I’m not saying this was an intentional slight against the middle aged man, merely a byproduct of their need to be different and make their own statement. But none the less, for me, it puts an impending damper on middle age. Awful facial hair? Check. Flannel shirts? Check. Suspenders? Check. Cardigans? Check. Oddly lapeled sports coats? Check. Hats for actual grown men? Check. Unusual out of date fashion? Check. What do we have left, men? Dad jeans? No thanks.

The most frustrating thing about it, is if you choose to pursue these things, you may wind up being accused of being a hipster or trying to look young. How very infuriating.

So, what can we do?

Here’s what I say: Do it anyway. But do it with unmistakable abandon and class that says you take yourself seriously — as opposed to a way that says you spent twenty minutes staging an Instagram post trying to look disenfranchised.  Take from the boys what rightfully belongs to the men. Make your own style and be 100% comfortable being yourself.  Revel in the moments of being as you want to be. Haven’t you earned it?

Helpful Information for Men over age fifty

Welcome to Man over Fifty!

Man Over Fifty is… well, about being a man over 50. We will provide helpful information for men over age fifty and discuss various aspects about being such a man. We’ll touch on fashion, or the sometimes lack there of amongst our brethren, sex (ditto fashion), lifestyle, music… pretty much whatever we feel like at the moment. However, we will try not to get too into politics, if any at all. It’s always a touchy subject, so we are going to leave it be. I’m sure we’ll find other interesting things to talk about. That is our goal anyway.