December 14, 2009

AUSTRALIA: At 60, John's best years lie ahead

. WARWICK, Queensland / Warwick Daily News / December 14, 2009 By Julian Luke The Warwick identity and Southern Downs Regional Council economic development officer celebrated his 60th birthday on Saturday night and even he has trouble pronouncing “sixty”. “I am certainly pleased to have got this far,” he said. “Do I feel 60? No, because I’m probably learning more new things and doing more new things now than I did when I was 20 or 30. For John Randall, the key to longevity is to keep refreshing. John Randall at his 60th birthday bash on Saturday night. Photo by Deanna Millard “When you’re young you get stuck in a groove and do what 20-year-olds do. And peer pressure is probably stronger then than it is now, when you get older you see more opportunities and you take them.” Mr Randall has yet to start playing bowls, but just a few years ago decided to take up sailing. “I reckon there are still thousands of nice people I’ve yet to meet,” he said. “I don’t even have an interest in golf ... I took up sailing in my 50s and that wasn’t old fart sailing, it was skip sailing which is pretty extreme.” Longevity surely runs in the Randall men’s veins. “My father died at 92 and his father died at 98 and I think I look after myself more than they did,” he said. “I think the gene pool points to longevity. Having a 10-year-old son, in some ways that does keep you thinking younger because you don’t get stuck in the normal routine that my generation would be.” Mr Randall was born in Brisbane but only moved to Warwick three years ago from Victoria. “The strange thing is my parents first met in Warwick in 1944, five years before I was born,” he said. “My mother was a nurse at the army hospital at Scots and my father was at Morgan Park.” His motto in life is to try new things, and to not get stuck in a rut. “I don’t like things which are based on nostalgia ... I wouldn’t go to an Eagles concert unless they had something new to offer,” he said. “My life is almost like when I hit the refresh button on the computer. “At work I always have the ABC news site on and sometimes it sticks and you have to press refresh – I think that is my attitude to life, you don’t want to be stuck on the same page. “I think the best times are yet to happen.” [rc] © APN News & Media Ltd 2008.