Fun is carefree, laughing, singing, taking risks, dancing, letting your hair down. As I get older, the opportunities for that sort of fun seem to diminish. Not because of any lack of ability or motivation, just that, somehow, life gets in the way, and convention says those sort of fun things are for ‘the young folk’. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I spend most of my life doing things I enjoy; yoga, writing, photography, painting, gardening… but am I having ‘fun’ exactly?
I’m young. Not everybody would agree of course, but despite my ageing 1950s edition container, Me, the Me inside, is still in her twenties. And this twenty something still loves music, rollercoasters, climbing trees, zip-wiring, fast cars, boats, yep, I’m still an adrenaline junkie whenever I get the chance. But these days, the best fun I have is when my family are all together, stitching each other up over a board game, or playing something daft on our old games console (cow racing being a favourite), or just basically, being silly. And that’s great, but it doesn’t happen often as my two daughters live at different ends of the country (well, one is in Wales, so not even technically in this country), and their shifts mean they are not often ‘off’ to visit their poor old parents at the same time. We’ve even had to postpone Christmas some years.
However, this week, after months of waiting, Monday 3rd July finally arrived. Finally, finally, I was off to see one of my all time favourite bands. I was like an excited kid and the evening couldn’t come quickly enough.
What can I say… GreenDay were magnificent, epic, awesome, incredible…
Every single person in the arena were on their feet, dancing, singing, and shouting for the whole two and half hour set. They played new stuff and old favourites and it was just fabulous.
And me, yeah, oh did I let my hair down! I danced and sang til I was hoarse. I chanted and cheered and waved my arms about. The years dropped off and, transported by the music to a world of my own, I was exhilarated and felt young and free and alive and beautiful. Never mind that I had a 30 year old daughter dancing next to me, we were the same. Me and the slightly scary young bloke on my left. The one with the piercings and tattoos, yeah, we were the same too. In fact, everyone in that arena, no matter what age, or inclination, or colour, or faith, or difference of any kind, were all the same. Troubles forgotten in that hot, loud world, we were moving with an energy that could have powered the national grid for a year. And we were all having the best fun… and yes BillieJoe, I ‘ad the time of my life! Thank you xxx
Getting out of the car park afterwards, now that was quite another matter altogether…!