Paula’s Game Ramblings: Reaching a Milestone in Summer

Welcome to this edition of Game Ramblings; you can find the previous Ramblings here. 

Most of these ramblings are about what game I am playing at the time of writing. However, this Ramblings won’t focus on video games; by the time you read this, I will be a year older! 

A Year Older

Now you might think to yourself, so everyone has a birthday, which they do, but it’s not every day that you have a big birthday and reach a significant milestone, like turning 60 years old. 

60 is technically classed as old age according to this quote from the United Nations: 

The United Nations define an older person as someone over 60 years of age. However, families and communities often use other socio-cultural referents to define age, including family status (grandparents), physical appearance, or age-related health conditions.

I can’t say I agree with the United Nations’ definition of an old person. After all, I get my old-age pension when I’m 66, but I do get my senior citizens’ bus pass now on turning 60. 

Creaking Bones

Do I feel old? Well, no, I don’t feel old until I go to move and my bones creak, but aside from that, I don’t feel 60 in my mind. If we ignore creaking bones and joints, then age is more of a state of mind than a number, and playing video games keeps my brain active. 

Still, those around us might see us differently. Like when years ago, one of my grandsons, who was eight then, asked me, “Was everything in black and white when you were young Granny”? Ouch….I’m not that old! It is good that we don’t judge what comes from a youngster’s mouth.

Like anyone who reaches this age, I’ve seen many things and had some life experiences. I think I’m wiser than I was at twenty. Additionally, I don’t think you can go through life without learning. But my friends and family might disagree with me thinking I’m wiser.

I’ve been married and had a child, and divorced. I met my partner, whom I’ve been with for 35 years, more than half a lifetime. My daughter has grown up, left home, married, and made me granny to five grandkids, and my partner’s daughter’s children make me granny to two, so seven in all.

Modern Advances

man on the moon

In the past 60 years, the world has changed a lot. We have had a man walk on the moon, medical advances, and far too many things to mention here, but a lot has happened.

Technological advances led to the internet being invented along with computers and, of course, video games. When I was growing up in the 60s, I’d never have dreamt that we would be able to talk daily with a dear friend in another country miles away as quickly and efficiently as we do now.

I remember we had a dial phone in the house (pictured below for those young enough not to know what a dial phone is). Now everyone carries a phone with them where ever they go.

dial phone
Old dial phone, do you remember these?

Along Came Video Games

Video Games were unheard of when I was a child or growing up. That is until the early 80s when the Sinclair ZX80 came along.

The first video game I played was in the early 80s on the Commodore 64. Then when the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was released, we bought one. I’ve been hooked on video games ever since.

Commodore 64
Commodore 64

Since then, I’ve played every console that has been released. And just because I may be classed as old by some folk (looking at you, United Nations!), that doesn’t mean I intend to stop playing games. I will play video games until my hands can no longer hold a controller!

Playing games isn’t an exclusive younger generation thing, as there isn’t an age limit for playing games. You are never too old to enjoy video games and all the fun they bring us!


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