When I got word from my buddy Felix Gutierrez (my Sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division) that he was months away from retiring from the US Army after serving twenty years, I decided to fly him and his wife to Los Angeles, as they had never been here before. I had a chance to take them to the Angels’ opening day, where Pujols went 0-3 with a walk but the Angels still won. The next day we took them to Beverly Hills to see Rodeo Drive, and we finally ended up in Glendale for a good Easter dinner with the family. We finished things off on Sunday with an excellent service at the Shepherd of the Hills church, which had close to 10,000 people there for service, and afterwards we headed out to Venice beach.
Over the last few days, we reminded each other of many stories that we shared in the army from ‘97 to ’99, some great and others that we wish we could forget. On the drive back we decided to turn on Pandora to listen to some good old ‘80s music. We listened to “Maneater” by Hall & Oates, to “867-5309” by Tommy Tutone, and to “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley.
Listening to music with my former Sergeant reminded me of being in the army and going to the APEX (which is the army’s Walmart) to buy some CDs. I clearly remember buying an oldies CD from the ‘60s that had two of my favorite songs, one by The Animals called “House of the Rising Sun” and another by The Turtles called “Happy Together.” These were classics that my uncle and my father would listen to in Iran in the early ‘80s.
So all of this prompted us to ask a question: Is ‘80s music now oldies?
This led me to think about how great a movie life really is. The best Academy Award winning movie couldn’t compete with the life all of us have lived. Life brings us many different seasons, some that we would like to last a long time and others we would like to pass through quickly.So the answer to the question “Is ‘80s music now oldies?” would depend on who’s answering. An eight year old may say “yes” while someone in their thirties or forties will forever think of it as just gold old music.
My point with all of this is to remind us to enjoy every single moment of our lives—the good, the bad, and the ugly. It will not always be pretty; but as long as we’re not just sitting on the sidelines of life, we will never have to look back wondering “what if.” My challenge to you is to play offense and get after it; embrace the current frustrations and challenges and use them as opportunities to grow and get stronger. You have what it takes to do so much more than you’ve done in your entire life. Eventually, we will all be listening to music that will be considered oldies by not only our kids and grandkids but by ourselves as well, so let’s go out there and use the time we’ve got to its fullest. That way, when the time comes for us to go upstairs and hang out with God, we will know we gave every single thing we had during our short stay in the world.