Tuesday, June 30, 2015
What I Would Bring Back From the '80s
Someone asked the other day, if I could bring back one thing from the '80s, what would it be.
My first thought was a dear friend of mine who tragically died in a car accident in 1989. He was really more than a friend; someone I had hoped to spend my life with. But, as I considered bringing him back, I realized my life would have taken a much different direction, and I wouldn't have the most precious thing in the world...my son. So, I decided, no matter how much I have ached for him over the years, I wouldn't bring this friend back.
Then, I considered bringing back my innocence; the ignorance I enjoyed before life knocked me down, over and over! Again, as I ruminated this option, I realized I wouldn't bring my innocence back either because then I wouldn't realize how strong I am. I wouldn't know how many times I would get back on my feet after life-altering blows. I wouldn't know how to truly enjoy the peaceful, quiet moments that settle in between the challenging ones. While I wouldn't mind being a little less cynical, I don't want to bring back my ignorance.
So, what to bring back then? To be safe, I think I would bring back the carefree beach days I enjoyed in the '80s. Still living on the coast, I don't take the time to really enjoy the beach like I used to when I was in high school. I want to walk on the sand every single day, sun-shining or fog creeping. To hear the ocean waves and smell the salted air takes me back to the '80s, a time before I learned the burden of adulthood.
And then I realized, I don't have to bring these carefree beach days back from the '80s; I can enjoy them right now!
Just out of curiosity, what would you bring back from the '80s?
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