Bill Linnane: ‘I took my teenage son clothes shopping and it made me feel very, very old’

Trying on clothes is boring and predictable. Photo: Getty/picture posed© Getty Images

Bill Linnane

A friend of mine once told me about visiting an elderly relative who had recently hit the age of 100. After the usual pleasantries about how they were doing great and should be proud, the centenarian bluntly told him that everyone they had loved, or who had loved them, was gone, and they just felt like they were killing time. They summed it up in one line — I have lived too long.