Heard Michael Keaton on the radio this morning talking about his latest film BIRDMAN. I haven’t seen it yet, but I have always admired him, he is an imaginative and daring actor. Daring is something I always found a bit difficult, but the freer you are, the better you are. Keaton was talking about living his life in love and in the moment. For much of my life I have tried to live in the present, largely because a life as an actor demands it it. It is almost impossible to plan as you never know what’s around the corner in terms of another job. It is hard when you’re younger, there are so many pressures….work, travel, enough money, where to live, should I do this or that, responsibities, real or imagined. However now as I am older, I find it easy and incredibly joyous and liberating, to live in the moment. You just live day to day, with no expectations, just having the sheer pleasure of being alive. My youngest grandchild, Luke has also added to my necessity not to plan too much, since his 3 year old life evolves and grows and his needs change and my involvement with them. I had planned to spend much of my waning years in England, where all my closest friends are. But the call came from my son to “help out with the grandchildren, especially young Luke” and one year has turned into three going on four years. Life has become quite fulfilling in Idaho, USA after my vow never to live here again after a sad divorce from a marriage, which started life in Idaho. The saying is I believe “Man plans and God laughs”. So I fully adopted the AA maxim (I am not AA, incidentally, though have known some very serious drinkers in my life). ” let go and let God”… It works! I still have my friends and connections in the UK and look forward to spending much more time there again, but the new friends and an unexpected burst of creativity, plus the joy of the family have really given me such pleasure and I love living in the present. Try it at any age and you will surprise yourself!