I’m in London this week for the London Fashion Weekend event at Bloomsbury Square, it’s a new show for us, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the exciting young designers. I turn 48 this year and surrounded by young businesspeople I can’t help reflecting on the passing of time.
I can remember being in my twenties like it was yesterday, the excitement of working and partying in London in the early ’90s was an incredible buzz. My friends and I experienced life at a million miles an hour, hoovering up London life.
Intoxicated with hope and dreams, high on life, fuelled by the passion of youth, and far too many drugs, never thinking about yesterday, we believed we could have it all.
Everything seemed possible, and nothing was beyond our reach. The perfect career, the best parties, passionate sex, friendships that would last forever and dance music that even all these years later still makes my heart melt when an anthem comes on the radio.
So, has life changed? Have I changed in the 25 years since those heady days?
Outwardly in the obvious ways yes everything has changed. I’m sober. I rarely party and live a quiet life dominated by my work. But inside, I don’t feel any different to that young man with a world of opportunities ahead of him.
I may be 47, but to be honest, I still feel just as excited about the future as I always have. Each morning I wake up and can’t wait to get started with the day. I look ahead and realise that I still have so much that I would love to do.
It would be easy to think life is coming to an end and to worry about running out of time. But that is a mistake. I hope to have another 40 years. That’s almost the same again, so I’m barely halfway through. Still so much to do, so many exciting things to experience.
And, even if I don’t have time and my life is cut short, then I will look back and say thank you for the life I have lived. Would I change it, maybe some of the more embarrassing moments, but probably not!
My god, it has been fun, and if the next 40 years are even half as good then what a ride it will be. Bring it on! I’m ready and as excited as I have always been.
I hope you will join me as we walk hand in hand towards this exciting future. Keep smiling, keep believing and above all keep living your dreams as together, we climb the mountain, not in giant leaps but one small step at a time.