Backwards or Forward

IMG_2764Recently my high school class celebrated it’s 50th (shit I’m old) reunion. As usual I was unfortunately unable to make it as I had other commitments. I really would have loved to have visited with my former classmates who I enjoyed those years with but to be honest, as it had been so many years since I had seen them I’m not sure I would recognize them or vice-versa.

One of our classmates named Brian has been very diligent in posting pictures of the town and posts about the music of the time and things we all would have remembered from that era. It was fun to see and read those things but…which brings me to my subject.

Especially during the political season, as well as with people of a certain age, there is the desire to want to return to “simpler times” and the “way things were”. That is a natural concept in that, especially when we were young, vital and without the pressures associated with work, families and aging, things to us were most likely pretty fun and exciting for us.

Sure I enjoy listening to the old sounds from time to time and reminiscing over childhood friends, relationships and events, yet at the same time I really don’t want to go back there. Although those things were great, at the same time I also remember I struggled through a lot of stuff and didn’t have my proverbial shit very well together.

During my life’s journey I believe I have grown quite a bit as a person and although I have had my share of disappointments, heartaches and set backs, at the same time I’ve also experienced a great many wonderful events and experiences like marriage, children, career(s) and  activities.

I honestly wouldn’t have changed any of those events as, I believe, they have made me a stronger and better person than I was back then or maybe even could have been at that time and place.

I love learning new things, listening to the music of the day and experiencing the new trends (although I will only go so far with technology).

Sure the world is a scary place at times and in truth these are difficult times, but at the same time society has always had it’s struggles, dictators, terrorists of one sort or another and somehow we have never as a society been able to overcome them all. Honestly, I’m not sure we ever will.

That said, there is no turning back the clock. As such, we need to make the most of today and do the best we can to make us a better self and do our little part to make the world a better place than before and to simply evolve.

Sure growing old bites but there has yet to be discovered a true fountain of youth, but as they say, just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to act old so make the most of every day and simply evolve and grow.

Thanks for checking in again this week and I hope you make the most of your week by doing or learning something new. As for me, I’m actually taking a screen writing class this weekend as well as giving a presentation to a writers group and teaching surfing this week. I’m not dead yet so I may as well make the most of the journey I have left.

Aloha and take care,

Paul

 

About authorpaulhayden

Author, artist, screenwriter, environmentalist. husband, father, surfer, surfing instructor, volunteer.
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