It constantly amazes me how tasteless I can be!
Worth explaining that opening statement, I think. No matter how much I have learnt, no matter how many different music tastes or styles or genres I have been exposed to, or how much theatre I have experienced, or books I have read, or art i have appreciated, some things never change.
I still love REO Speedwagon's 'Roll With the Changes'. I finally got around to adding it to my iTunes library this evening, and my iPod will see it appearing with some frequency.
But despite the flippancy, it does cause some reflection on those things which we cannot leave behind, or those experiences that make us what we are. In lots of ways I like to think that i have gained a certain measure of sophistication, that my life experience has left me wiser as well as older. That I have matured and grown - just this evening (in the pub, because the best conversations take place either there or in Church) we have talked on the theme of 'if I knew then what I know now' and wondered about what we didn't learn when we were younger.
Every now and then I have a nostalgic moment - wondering about how things might have been, or whether I would have been better off if x or y were the case twenty years ago. But it comes down to the fact that my life as it is, with the wife and family I have, with the calling I have, with the villages and Church fellowships I serve, is the best place I could be. I do believe that I am in the best place I could be and I thank God for it.
But I still, thanks to my teenage years and the experiences then which make me who I am, have a soft spot for REO Speedwagon, it may not be cool, but I love it!