Singer Scott Weiland once said, “There are a limited amount of years where you can wear skinny jeans. There comes a point where whether you can or not, you shouldn’t.” I’d say that’s a pretty good rule of thumb for a lot of things in life. Some of the stuff I did regularly in my twenties and thirties are not things I’d do any longer. There’s clothes I won’t wear, behaviors I won’t indulge in. I mean, c’mon. We aren’t Peter Pan. We’re all getting older every day. At some point, we have to grow up and be responsible and do things differently than when we were twenty and carefree.
A lot of things besides skinny jeans don’t look good on someone 50 years old. Drug addicts don’t look like they’re having fun getting high at 50. They just look desperate, unhealthy and sad. People who bed hop at 50 don’t look attractive and flirty. They look desperate, immature and self-absorbed or needy.
It funny that I saw this quote today because I’d been thinking of some of the behaviors I’ve observed in people recently. People at or near or over 40 who are still indulging in behaviors that graced their 20′s. And I was thinking it was immature of them. Yeah, once in awhile it’s okay to go to a club and hang out and get drunk and scream and yell at the band on stage. When you’re still doing that every night of the week and you’re 45, it looks kinda freakish. I mean, don’t you have to go to work the next day? Or are you still doing like you did in your 20′s, dragging into the office and sucking down Alka Seltzer with your morning coffee and wearing sunglasses at your desk with your trash can nearby in case you have to puke?
Stuff that seems to be okay to do when you’re young doesn’t seem so okay when you’re older. And if you can fit into the skinny jeans still, good for you! I’m just not sure I want to see your little 40-something bird legs in them. They just aren’t as attractive on a 45 year old man as a 25 year old one. Unless, of course, you’re Scott Weiland. Although, to be honest, even though he does still look good in the skinny jeans at his age, the drug addiction thing doesn’t go over all that well anymore. It just seems kind of pathetic and sad when he falls off the wagon. Which begs the question of how pathetic do those of us over 40 seem when we indulge in what’s considered youthful, sowing your oats behavior?
I don’t think I want to find out, so I’ll try not to indulge!
Okay, here’s a Marcus for this fine Monday morning!
Ummm. One of my favorite photos of him! I hope you all have a great Monday!