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Brendan O’Connor’s Mid-Life Crisis: ‘She texted me the next day and she used the immortal words, “Will we ever get sense?” Not now, I said, it’s too late.’

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The Killers perform at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2019. Picture by Aaron Chown

The Killers perform at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2019. Picture by Aaron Chown

The Killers perform at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2019. Picture by Aaron Chown

There are phrases that stick in my head. These can come from anywhere, often the oddest places. Like I remember when the Killers’ song ‘Human’ came out. The first line of it was “I did my best to notice, when the call came down the line.” It stuck with me.

I decided this was a maxim by which to live life. I figured if you could say on your deathbed how you had always done your best to notice when the call came down the line then you could say you’d lived a good life. It doesn’t mean that you always noticed or you always answered the call, but you did your best, you tried to notice, you endeavoured to be alert for the call.


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