I dedicate the B-52's singing "Love Shack" to my former twenty-something self!
Just thinking of its bang, bang, bang-ing beat brings me back! Whether I was heading out for a night at the local clubs in Northern NJ with friends, or heading "down the shore" (which is how you say it in NJ), I was going to be having a rocking good time! You cannot listen to that song without tapping your foot or bobbing your head to the beat.
It just puts me back in the club, hanging out with my friends and checking out the guys! It wasn't all about the guys though, that was just for eye-candy - the best part was the laughing and giggling and dancing with my friends!
Those were the days (long before RA) when I could be on my feet for hours, in high heels, no less! This was the 80's and in the summer the "shoe of choice" was usually white patent leather pumps! You rarely got a table in a club, so you stood at one of those shelf things or a room partition, drink in hand. Of course, you didn't just stand, you danced the night away, too! It seems like a different lifetime when I think back on it! Now, my feet don't give me hours, and if I push them, I pay for it - big time!
Aaaah, youth is wasted on the young! If I knew then what I know now! I think I would have appreciated that time more when it was happening! In your early 20's it seems like you are always looking ahead, down the line, and with a yearning heart. You want the ideal hubby, the 2.5 kids, and the mini-van with the house in the sub-division. I didn't spend a lot of time then savoring what I had - the freedom, the lack of responsibilities, health, youth and stamina!!!
Yes, "Love Shack" is the song that instantly brings me back there, to that time and place, that mind-set. I do NOT want to go back to that time in my life though, either.
I did find my Prince Charming, and I fall in love with him over and over again through the years. I had the kids, three of them, and did three mini-vans; now I do the SUV thing, with a Trailblazer that seats seven. My schedule isn't my own, but I still find my freedom in other ways; in my writing, reading books or with friends. I have grown into a better person, and I owe that to having a family. Being a parent opens you up in ways you never knew existed.
But, it sure is fun to pop the CD in the stereo and crank it up to sing along with my daughter and laugh some more!