And I mean no disrespect to Dan Fogelberg, may he rest in peace. There was a time when I loved that song but I’m no longer into feeling regret and longing as I transition into a New Year. But I have to say the song mentioned in the title ran through my head a few times this morning. It’s so bittersweet and I loved the image of the two former sweethearts making the best of a chance meeting, splitting a six pack of beer in the car, and then realizing life had moved on and they couldn’t recapture what they once had.
I’m telling you, and I say it often, Jay Gatsby was wrong when he thought he could re-create his past. It can never be the same. And that’s fine!
The phrase is “New” year. Instead of focusing on what I didn’t accomplish, I’m actually looking forward to what is to come. My song mantra this year is more in keeping with “Better Days” by the Goo Goo Dolls. The line that resonates with me is “Cause tonight’s the night the world begins again.” What a great way to think! Each morning is a fresh start. Sounds like a no brainer, right? Pft. It’s taken me years to embrace such a simple concept. But I have. Ain’t life grand?
One of the best things about listening to music for me has been enjoyment of the lyrics. There are meaningful lyrics for just about any situation. Tonight as 2013 slides into 2014, and believe me I won’t see the ball drop, I will be focused on looking forward to what life will bring. In the words of U2, “It’s a beautiful day/Don’t let it get away/It’s a beautiful day.”
Happy New Year to everyone! Embrace the new beginning.