At 65, many of us are winding down. We have either retired or are planning to retire.
Not my friend Al Kahn. He is starting all over again, not only personally but professionally as well. I want to tell his story because I feel it is very inspiring to many of us who want to continue our careers without giving age another thought.
Al got married this weekend. He is 65. The three-day, storybook wedding in the Berkshires, was like a Broadway production. I have included some videos below so that you can see one of the most extravagant and creative weddings ever. I will tell you more about the event itself but that is not the message I want to convey in this post.
While I was watching Al, a very successful entertainment businessman, marry Jillian Crane, an accomplished actress/writer, it occured to me that he was starting his life all over again while I was allowing mine to slow down because society expects women my age to throw in the towel, smell the roses, and prepare for end of life challenges. Why am I any different than Al? The answer to that is because I have willingly categorized myself as an official senior citizen kvetching about my stiff joints, acid reflux, and sagging skin.
I watched Al this weekend reinvent his life as if he was 30. The age of his new wife doesn’t really factor in to how he plans to spend the next few decades. I know Al pretty well and he wasn’t attracted to Jillian because of her age but because he found a life partner that wants to work with him to create, produce, and develop plays, movies, TV shows, licensing projects, new products, and services.
Al has already had an amazing career being the one responsible for bringing Cabbage Patch, Pokeman, Yu-Gi-Oh, plus so many others products and concepts to market. Read about him here. He and Jillian have so many projects in development it would make your head spin. He is also involved in helping a lot of digital start-ups develop marketing plans, understand their business model, and raise funds.
So while I watched him this weekend act and behave like he was 25 years my junior, I realized that in many ways he was much younger than me in his thinking and attitude. Life is all about new opportunities and Al is not about to let something called “age” stand in his way.
Al’s theatrial wedding production to Jillian was not about what money can buy (even though in this case it bought a lot) but rather it was a sneak preview of what their lives will be like together. The marriage ceremony in a historical theater was a musical production. The Russian theme thoughout all of the events was to celebrate their first date at the Russian Tea Room. His performance singing “Some Enchanted Evening” was to signify the foundation of their romantic relationship, and the special fireworks represented the magical sparks they will create together.
I videotaped some special moments on my iPhone. Have patience. I didn’t have the proper lighting and audio while taping from my seat in the audience. They get better as they roll along.
If you can’t view the videos, go to http://www.digidame.com. Don’t miss this opportunity to see each one of the quick segments.