Quote of the week

A short note to twentysomethings, by someone who long ago left that bracket:

We are not ready to be put out to pasture yet. We are not obsolete. We are still taking names and kicking ass. We’re writing the things you read, making the music you listen to, starring in the movies you watch, creating the apps you use, writing the code you never even think about but are dependent on.

We’re not too old to be or do anything. We’re not too old to be beautiful. We’re not too old to be relevant. What we are is old enough to tell you to simmer down, child. You may be 20 but with a little luck and good fortune you’ll make it 40 or 50 and be half as cool as we are. And then it will be your turn to tell some 20 year olds to stop telling you you’re too old.

Hey, we don’t even mind if you occasionally get on our lawn, for certain values of “occasionally” — and, I suppose, of “we.”


  1. Tatyana »

    22 February 2014 · 9:38 am

    I am of a slightly different opinion.
    I deny coolness to twenty-somethings. They are not “cool”, they are inadequate, too jumpy for anything serious, they are half-baked, they are tweeters, in all senses.
    They would be lucky to kiss our footprints in the sand – maybe, in 20 years.

  2. McGehee »

    22 February 2014 · 10:05 am

    I find nothing to disagree with in Tat’s comment, except that in 20 years I expect to still be making footprints. Maybe a bit closer together than they are now, but still…

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