And So It Goes is trying a new tack in 2018. First, a song.
Songs have power over me. They help me recall moments I’d otherwise forget and they lift my mood (or lower it) as needed. Here’s a perky song to start off our new year together.
It’s written and performed by Andrew Gold. Thank you for being my friend.
Lyrics are here
Andrew Gold got his start playing in Linda Ronstadt’s backup band.
Which got me thinking about what it means to “get one’s start.”
Is it the same as “starting over?”
Have we changed once we’ve “gotten our start,” or has our environment?
If we decide that “starting over” implies a new environment, then we could say I got “my start” at 52, when I applied to the Peace Corps, leaving my life-as-I-knew-it behind. Or when I went off to college for the first time. Heck, might as well begin in kindergarten then.
If “starting over” requires that we ourselves are changed, then, I’d consider that introductory Gestalt weekend (at age 42) when I first learned I could say “no” to the important people in my life. Really; first time! That single change brought on the proverbial s*** hitting the fan, which I write a bit more about in my next book.
Still, I don’t think of that year as “starting over.” That came the following year. I’m writing more about that too, so stay tuned.
Here’s a great quote attributed to both E M Forster and Joseph Campbell. It’s still a great quote, whomever said it first.
We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
(And willing to let go of the blog post we planned so as to have the blog post that was waiting for us.)
How about you? When did you get your start? Have you “started over” yet?