I recently received a ‘tweet’ from @BigWindies, which had the reflection, “Us time- warped old buffers need to stick together! ;=) “. As simple and as humorous as it was intended, it brought on one of those deep bouts of thought that runs occasionally through my sluggish mind!
Remember how, as young teenagers, we shirked off our elders stories of their past. My mother for example would go on for ages about her war experiences; as did many others of her generation. And so it is, every generation will reminisce about the most vital part of their lives- the part where they felt special, bursting with life’s energy and rhythm. As Bob Seger dynamically puts it-‘Like a Rock’.
Yes, on one part I agree we waste a great deal of our allotted time on this earth, but, here I speak for my-self, I do not regret for one minute my time spent as a Mod in the streets and clubs of London. A time- warp is a safety valve in moments of insecurity and difficulties; it gives us the opportunity to disappear for a moment into a period where we felt untouchable, and unburdened with life’s stresses and worries; these finest hours, are usually to be touched up on in the early part of our youth.
Traveling back into the past is not limited to us poor buggers only! Look at the glint in Bill Gates eyes when he talks about his rebellious campus days, (wasn’t it his dream to be a rock guitarist!?)- Or Phil Collins who still reminiscence about his Mod back ground.
We all have our own personal key that opens the door into this inner sanctuary- I have several, one of which, for some unknown reason, can bring a tear to my eye- The Small Faces, ‘Tin Soldier'.
To all of you out there, Mod or Rocker, Punker or Footballer, Heroes and Villains, look after your time-warps because sometimes that is all we have left.
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