I do not feel old. I never had a mid-life crisis, so am expecting it to arrive some time in the future. I avoid mirrors, because I never enjoyed the sight.
Unfortunately, there is one reminder of ensuing old age, which one cannot avoid or deny: a child's birthday.
One recalls their arrival so many years ago and wonders what happened to the time since then. Despite advancing age, each will remain a child...which probably explains the occasional friction between generations. The younger one has grown up, and the older one has not figured this out or cannot accept it. In the mind of a parent, a child will need guidance and support until he or she takes his or her last breath. This has nothing to do with "helicopter parents"; it is a fact of deep emotional connection.
I am not affected by my birthday (I've had so much practice at indifference), but a child's is a time for reflection...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.