I’m 76 and I’m tired, by Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby is synonymous with comedy.

Growing up, my family and I would gather around the TV to watch The Cosby Show back in the Philippines. It dominated Thursday nights and single-handedly saved the NBC network from bankruptcy.

What I always loved about his comedy was that it was good clean fun.

If someone were to ask me who the best stand-up comics of all time I would have to say it’s a toss-up between Jerry Seinfeld, Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), Bill Cosby and Sinbad.

I have each of their DVDs and enjoy pulling them out when we have friends over if they haven’t had a chance to see them before.

One of my favorite clips is Bill Cosby talking about dentists. I think I heard this back when I was 12 years ago, so some 25 years ago and yet I can still remember a few lines from it.

I have posted it at the end for those of you who are interested.

Just the other day my mother sent me an email with an article entitled “I’m 76 and I’m tired” by Bill Cosby. It was not, however, written by Bill Cosby, nevertheless, the article was a good read so I thought I should share it with you here today.

No inspiration, time management, success tips today – today, it’s just some food for thought.

With all that’s going on in the world today, I believe we all need to do some thinking.

It seems that more and more riots are taking place all over the world, with Wall Street (of all places) to be the latest victim (if that’s the right word).

Greece just announced that it will not be able to reach its 2011 deficit targets and will most likely have to make even more cuts next year. More cuts mean more riots.

Reading the article below made me think about what problems many countries in the world are facing today.

Adrian Shepherd

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“I’m 76 and I’m Tired”

I’m 76. Except for brief period in the 50’s when I was doing my National Service, I’ve worked hard since I was 17.

Except for some serious health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly 40 years.

I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am.

Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic.

I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do.

Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught.

I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions, I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or some big-whatever for their problems.

I’m also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20’s bedeck themselves in tattoos and face, studs, thereby making themselves un-employable and then claiming money from the Government.

Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 76… Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making.

I’m just sorry for my granddaughter and her children.

Thank God I’m on the way out and not on the way in.

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