Over the weekend, I saw the trailer for the new “Lost Boys” movie.
It made me laugh for two reasons:
1) I’m now old enough that the “creative” machine in Hollywood is revisiting the movie franchises of my youth. (1987 for original film. I was an undergrad.)
It also reminded me that I really liked the soundtrack to the original film, so I went looking for the tape. Yes, the tape. I didn’t even own an original. Someone had copied it for me. It was long gone, lost in the downsizing of some move since college. (Note to self: Look up that soundtrack on iTunes.)
It’s also a timely reminder that today, no matter how crazy and tumultuous, is tomorrow’s nostalgic memory (if not fond, at least distant). I enjoyed that first movie and the music, and if I want to enjoy them now, it’ll be via Netflix and an iPod, not the original media of VHS and cassette tape. I adored college — figuring out who I am, what I like, what I’m good at, all in the unique incubator of campus life. Would I go back to 1987 and that awkward, sometimes painful, period of discovery? Nope, not on your life.
Yes, life is insane right now. Imploding media industry, reorg at work, historical inauguration, cavernous recession. It’s not the end of the world as we know it, however. Keep perspective, and keep looking forward.
Who are you? What do you like? What are you good at? Reach for truly creative opportunities that match your passion. Life shouldn’t be a rerun. Don’t settle for remakes. Let the soundtrack of your life be a mix of your own choosing. No going back.