Make Your Own “Friends”

The road we all travel….

Street. Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. [Photo by me, 2016.]
Street. Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. [Photo by me, 2016.]

And why do I say that?

My eighteen year old English niece loves a certain American TV program. I detect based on what I see around me that she is hardly alone in that. It seems to have quite a following in her age group and slightly older.

My age group recalls when it came on. We watched it first run. It premiered in the U.S. in the autumn of 1994 and was a huge hit on Thursday evenings for years after:

Excerpt from "Passports," on the iPad app for Kindle. Click to expand.
Excerpt from “Passports,” on the iPad app for Kindle. Click to expand.

I recall also how “the future” always seemed somehow forever “distant.” It was hard even to imagine it. Surely *we* would always be “30” years old, wouldn’t we?:

Excerpt from "Distances," on the iPad app for Kindle. Click to expand.
Excerpt from “Distances,” on the iPad app for Kindle. Click to expand.

Life does go by quickly, which is why we mustn’t spend too much of “today” fretting over “today.” We shouldn’t allow ourselves to become too cynical (although it can be all too easy at times) either about the present. Particularly if you are in your 20s, in a couple of decades you will probably need this time in your life – your friends, your family, your personal experiences – to fall back upon for fond memories.

A reasonably well-known view. Paris, France. [Photo by me, 1994.]
A reasonably well-known view. Paris, France. [Photo by me, 1994.]

The wider world is always a downer to varying degrees. It’s perpetually full of unsolved problems and new troubles. And so it will be after we’re gone.

Which is why we should try to focus positively on the now. Enjoy life insofar as you can, and especially so if you are in your 20s. For when matters take a severe downturn for you personally (and they assuredly will) is when you will need your uplifting memories the most.

Just a few thoughts for a Monday morning. Perhaps something of an attack of “nostalgia.” Have a good day, wherever you are in the world. πŸ™‚

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