Adrian Reith and his partner Judy are the creators of Act3 – How To Live A Better Life After 50. Already a Guardian Masterclass (the next one is on September 20th), they are currently fundraising to produce a book that is available on pre-order.
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
WHAT IS YOUR AGE?
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I was an ad man. Now I’m a mental plumber. I help people unblock their mental pipes. I coach people.
WHAT IS IS LIKE TO BE YOUR AGE?
Ridiculous. Ridiculously good, actually. The steep incline of takeoff when you get thrown back in your seat is long gone. Now we’re in a steady cruise – and I like it. I don’t for a moment wish I was younger.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE NOW THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE AT 25?
Calm. Confidence. Less to prove. Less arrogant and selfish, I hope. More aware and grateful of how lucky I am to be alive. Adult children. A belly.
WHAT ABOUT SEX?
Oh, I’m unstoppable. I’m at it right now.
I was a slow starter. Maybe it was 8 years of boys-only boarding school. Then met a very very good friend, and Judy & I’ve been married nearly 30 years. We work at it. Nothing comes from nothing.
HOW FREE DO YOU FEEL?
I feel 76.52% free. Which by my reckoning is pretty good. So much freer now from the things inside of me that limit me being me. Yes, it’s still work in progress. It’s a life’s work. That’ll be £25 please.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
I’m most proud of my three daughters because they know how to love, laugh and work. And proud of Judy, who surprises and inspires me. And tells me when I’m a git.
WHAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED?
A motley collection of friends of all ages and stages are a delight – from their second decade to their ninth. Most of them are what you’d call creative people. But then I think everyone is creative in their own way. And wonder.
WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?
This morning, gliding slowly and alone on a classic racing bike through Suffolk countryside, perceptible warmth from the English sun, and a lone skylark, bubbling above.
WHERE DOES YOUR CREATIVITY GO?
Creativity is crucial. I do projects. Written things, filmed things, recorded things. I’ve owned and run creative businesses; chaired the charity Street Child United; and now Act3 – How To Have A Better Life After 50 is our new baby .. and it’s a huuuuuge baby. You should get involved, frankly.
WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF LIVING?
Dying is a great sharpener. Cut the crap. At my age death focuses me on what’s important. Last night I went to a Death Cafe evening. It was great – you should go. And quite the opposite of depressing.
ARE YOU STILL DREAMING?
I dream of cycling alone through Africa where I grew up. Of sleeping in a tent dreaming of lions just outside the flap.
WHAT WAS A RECENT OUTRAGEOUS ACTION OF YOURS?
I was responsible for bringing 200 street children from 19 countries to Rio to play a Street Child World Cup in 2014 to raise awareness of 100 million kids who live every night on the street. None of them had a birth certificate or passport. I consider the fact that no-one died a major achievement.