My mother grew up with The Beatles.

By “grew up with The Beatles,” I don’t mean she had super cool parents with super cool taste in music who let her jam to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on an old hand-me-down record player.

That was me.

Neither do I mean she went through the typical Beatles phase in junior high and high school and tried to bribe her own mother to let her hang the four mint-condition photos from The White Album on her bedroom wall.

Again, that was me.

Thank God she said no.

No, when I say my mother grew up with The Beatles, I mean she was right there in the thick of Beatlemania. She was young when the British Invasion took over. She watched them on The Ed Sullivan Show and collected Beatles bubble gum cards and belonged to a fan club and when she and her friends played house (you female readers know what I’m talking about) and chose Beatles as husbands, she always picked her favorite, Paul McCartney.

Yet, despite how much she loved The Beatles, she never saw them in person. She grew up in a rural area where bands the likes of The Beatles didn’t frequent, and she was still too young to head out on her own when they broke up.

So, you can imagine just how much it meant to her when finally, after more than 40 years since their breakup, she got to see Paul McCartney live last summer.

Why did it finally happen? Two reasons, really:

  • My sister, who lives just a few hours from the venue, managed to nab some seriously sweet tickets, and
  • Paul McCartney believes if it’s ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

That’s the short of it. The long of it is, Paul McCartney has no real plans to stop making music any time soon.

The 69-year-old icon, who graces the cover of the February 2012 Rolling Stone, told the magazine that even though he’ll turn 70 this June, he “still has no plans to stop touring or recording.”

If you’re enjoying it, why do something else? And what would you do? I love what I do so much that I don’t really want to stop. I’m just kind of casually keeping an eye on how I feel, and onstage, it feels like it’s always felt. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Thanks to that mentality, McCartney’s going to spend the rest of his life doing what he loves…

…and my mom finally got to see him. 🙂

How about YOU, readers?

Has there ever been a time in your life when the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” has made perfect sense? Or, how about a time when it didn’t matter if it was broken or not – you still wanted to move on?

What was the outcome?

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