I was thinking back longingly today about the good old days as a freshman/sophomore at Whittier High School. Running track, flag twirling in the Color Guard, playing the trombone in the band, messing around with friends, being silly, making fun of people, and having a boyfriend (or three). Good times. Lots of good times. Then I started to think about all the good times I had as a junior/senior at Rim of the World High School. Dancing in drill team, messing around with new friends, pulling pranks, getting into serious discussions, going to dances, off-roading, and dating. More good times. Then I started to recall how much fun it was to be a freshman in college. Out on my own, living in the dorms, messing around with brand new friends, going to sporting events, playing more pranks, staying up late talking, getting engaged. Still more good times. This led me to reminisce about how much of a blast I had being a young married couple in our first apartment. Going to classes together, going out together, staying home together, going camping together, messing around together, doing other things together (ahem), and having our first baby.
I began to see a pattern. I’ve had fun. Always. I can look back at each phase in my life and say that I had a great time. Not every day, obviously. Life has it’s ups and downs and some years have more downs than others. But it seems that whenever I think about any given time in my life, it’s with longing for the fun and happiness that pervaded that time. This made me realize that since I’ve been having fun at every phase of my life, I must be having fun right now, and that someday I will look back on these days as a really fun and joy-filled era. What a shocking realization! The present always seems so difficult and fraught with trials. If only I could realize the fun moments while I am having them.
This epiphany has led me to vow to myself to see the fun that’s going on right now. The hilarious things my little girls say, the oral report my oldest son gives, the comics my younger son draws, the getaways my hubby and I go on, the game nights and double dates with other couples, messing around with my newest friends, the fun time I have with my now-adult sisters, the field trips, the games of Flashlight Hide and Go Seek for Family Night, the blog I write, the friends I reconnect with on Facebook, and the deep and often heated debates I have with my husband.
Now is the Good Old Days and I can’t wait for the Good Old Days to come.