“I am hopelessly in love with a memory. An echo from another time, another place.” ― Michel Foucault
“…you are battered and bruised in the collisions between reminiscence and reality.”
― David Eagleman,
I’ve caught myself reminiscing frequently of late. I have such strong emotions attached to a time when a you me seemed so carefree. I wasn’t, but many thought I was and I never removed that mask for them.
This thing called adulthood…I don’t know.
On my morning drives to work, I am often struck by how formulaic we are, drones dropping the kids off at daycare or school, drones driving to work, parking, working.
I often catch myself yearning for the days when I had the energy and stamina to do everything I needed to and wanted to. I remember bonfires on the beach, friends laughing as we mentally toasted us all with another drink.
I remember car rides full of laughter, camp outs in the rain, hugs from anyone remotely considered friend.
I remember nights of excess with friends to hold my hair back. Nights of dancing until past last call.
I remember sleep overs full of music and talking.
I remember the wind in the windows of my old Pontiac Acadian – no AC back then. It was a 5 speed, 4 door hatchback. I loved that car. It was red. I would drive that thing everywhere – quite literally. Down back roads meant for ATVs, to the beach for an all-night camp out. hundreds of miles but on the engine that constantly rattled enough to pop off it’s oil cap. So many times I had to replace that cap – “Gwen, the oil light is on.” “It’s ok, I just need another cap.”
There were no cell phones. No computers, nothing fancier than an Atari that often got left behind, covered in dust. I can feel the sun on my face even now. The smell of Spring and Summer when we would just be.
I wish somebody would have told just how awesome those days actually were going to be…but I know I wouldn’t have listened.
Mackelmore feat. Kesha – Good Old Days