Listening to Christopher Cross, “Sailing”, on the way to work.
What ever happened to him, anyway?
He had a few hits, that soared in the charts and then he disappeared.
Or how about The Looking Glass’ “Brandy”? Jim used to hear them practice that tune in New Jersey, back in the 70s, from their garage. Great song. And it is still being played on the classic oldies radio. And then? What happened to them?
I looked around me, in the office, and thought about all the people that I have worked with in the past 12 years. Most of them no longer keep in touch with me. They have moved on with their lives. We worked side by side for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, some for several years. I wonder if they think of the close ties we once had.
Life is like that, I guess.
What happens to people, to songs, to traditions, as the years pass by?
If we have the opportunity to get together with our coworkers, after several months have passed, will it be the same?
When we hear the song that we thought was fabulous back in the 70s, will it sound just as fabulous today?
Are we more likely to develop new relationships with those who work with us , today, here and now, than we are with those who once were so close to us?
Adaptability. Resilience. Flexibility. Oh how we humans can bounce back, learn to accept change, and to welcome those in our current circle. After a few weeks, or months, we ease back into our comfort zones with those who are left behind.
Until, of course, another leaves.
The cycle begins again.
I think as one gets older, there is a tendency to fight and regret change, but it is beyond our control, if we want to stay in the game.
Hello. Goodbye. I will never forget you. I will keep in touch. It won’t be the same without you.
Life and friendship, like a favorite song is like a warm summer’s day. It feels good. And then, in an instant, it can and will change.
We cannot capture time and hold it for very long.
And we cannot predict what changes will affect our lives.
For me, if given another day, 24 hours to live on this planet, I resolve to do my best to enjoy every moment of that day, to make the most of it, and to pass along good vibes to others.
Oh yeah, and to listen to some of those classic rock, one hit wonders, and to bask in the warm summer memories of those days of my youth.