I love seeing how much people have changed.
We, as people, live in a constant state of fluidity. Whether it’s people I haven’t seen since high school, or children from daycare that have grown up and moved on to preschool or kindergarten or are even older, or friends who moved away when we were little whom I haven’t heard from, it’s always interesting.
Even looking at yourself over a period of time can be strange, shocking, and sometimes maybe a little unnerving. It’s also interesting to think about the future. What will be different in your life in 5 years? 10 years? 50 years? I think the Five for Fighting song had it right – you’ve only got 100 years – give or take a few – to live. Friends come and go, romantic relationships strengthen or weaken, ending in either marriage or separation, children come into our lives. And in between those events are transient people and events that can change the way you view the world.
I firmly believe that everyone comes into our lives – and eventually leaves them – for a reason. While those reasons may not always be clear, there is not a single person who is meaningless to you. The guy in the car next to yours or the woman in the check-out line at the supermarket could save your life at any given moment. Or, they could take it at any given moment.
We meet people and then sometimes we lose them to arguments, or falling out of touch, or even death. I think death is the hardest loss we endure as humans, because it means the end of something. A friendship, a relationship, a family tie, a life. And while it can also signal the beginning of something, sometimes it just doesn’t seem like it will. Things happen at the most inopportune times, one day there, the next day gone.
The music, the fashion, the furniture, the film, the art, the wildlife, the recreation, the entertainment – the people in our lives – everything around us is constantly changing and evolving. We devote countless hours to developing new technologies, new drugs, new ways of life. We are not the same nation we were 50 years ago.
Everything changes, and all we can do is keep up, trying to keep our heads above the ever-rising tide. But if we can make it through this life, I believe that we have the potential to achieve total happiness.