Do you ever hear a song that transports you back to another time? Perhaps high school or college? I am sure most of us have had that experience.
I was listening to music the other day, and heard “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, and was instantly back in 2001. I love that song. Back then, I was recently separated and had discovered MSN Communities. It was my first foray into the internet communication world – chatting with people from all over the world. Its amazing how far the internet has come since then.
I belonged to a community called “Sail Across the Moon”. The people there were from all walks of life, and so many of them have become such an important part of my life, even now. They are dear friends of mine, and I have had the privilege of meeting a lot of them over the years at get-togethers. Once in Vegas, once in Tennessee, and another time in St. Louis. The memories I made while I was part of the group are memories I will have forever, some great, some not so great – the internet really does make people do funny things – like not be truthful about who they really are. What is that anyway?
Anyway – music is such an important part of our lives. It can lift us up, it can bring us back in time, it can remind us of how much we have grown from that period in our life.
Where I live now, music is broadcast throughout the community via loud speakers. Some days it’s terribly annoying but mostly it is nice to hear. “Sounds of Silence” is played every morning (instrumental version) and in the evening, it’s the Alphabet Song. I wish I was kidding about that but I am not! I hear it and then it is stuck in my head for hours.
When I think back to my time in China, I know that when I hear Sounds of Silence, I will be transported back to this community that has embraced me and made me feel welcome.
So when you are having a bad day, or a stressful day, or even a melancholy day, turn on some music, sit back and “sail across the moon” to another time. It will almost certainly put you in a better mood!
It’s been a quiet week for me. Winter break has started for the kids and so I don’t get to see them every day. But it’s alwaye so nice when I do ~ the little boy this week on the bus who tried talking to me and when the bus was crowded, he took my hand, smiled and asked “ok?”. These moments will forever be great memories of China for me.
Since it’s been quiet, I have been going back in time with some old friends and remembering so many great times we had. Reconnecting with old friends is such a lovely way to pass the time away, especially when they are such amazing friends who I know will be forever in my life.
As my wall tells me every day, life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile.
Memories do just that ~ they make me smile.