I am a great admirer of Clint Eastwood, both for his professional work and as a man in this tormented age. He is 88 and of the same generation as my father, although a few years older. In other words, he’s not a Boomer. I do know that I have readers who are Boomers. Not all Boomers are infected, but the majority are. I cannot connect with Boomers in general because they do not understand what we in Gen X grew up without that they took for granted.

But never mind; this is not a Boomer rant post. This is a Clint Eastwood post. Musician Toby Keith spent some time with him before the release of his latest film which led Keith to write a song about it.

When Keith asked Eastwood how he does it every day at his age, the actor/director answered that he doesn’t let the old man in. The musician was moved so much by this simple response that he penned a song about the same theme. Sometimes, no matter our respective ages, we can feel overwhelmed with our circumstances and wonder if we are past it; if we don’t have the energy to rise above our most recent challenges. Clint Eastwood has 40 years on me. I found this both inspiring and comforting.

Don’t let the old man in, I wanna leave this alone
Can’t leave it up to him, he’s knocking on my door
And I knew all of my life, that someday it would end
Get up and go outside, don’t let the old man in

Many moons I have lived
My body’s weathered and worn
Ask yourself how old you’d be
If you didn’t know the day you were born

Try to love on your wife
And stay close to your friends
Toast each sundown with wine
Don’t let the old man in

Many moons I have lived
My body’s weathered and worn
Ask yourself how old you’d be
If you didn’t know the day you were born

When he rides up on his horse
And you feel that cold bitter wind
Look out your window and smile
Don’t let the old man in

Look out your window and smile
Don’t let the old man in