Rules for Aging, A Wry and Witty Guide to Life by Roger Rosenblatt ‘58. There are 58 rules, and I plan to follow them. If you’re going to do this thing, do it right.
First, and most important, nothing much matters (rule 1); you are not obliged to yield to social or professional pressure or do anything at all (rule 28). (this goes double for cocktail parties).
I don’t know how I got to this advanced point in life without knowing all this, but it certainly is a relief! Just do nothing. This is for me. What was I thinking, reading book after book after book of FS writers?
Oops. OMG. Now I’ve put my foot in it. I just realized I’ve already broken rule 34. It’s not about me.
Sorry (rule 58). (You’re supposed to apologize).
In addition to all the life lessons, there’s also some science: swine can’t become swans. (rule 10).
I believe that Roger and I are the same age. He wrote this book eighteen years ago, so I know he was just a kid. I would like an update, now that he has more than a toe in the aging process. I probably won’t get it, though; doing nothing gets easier.