Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Rediscovering your past.
Have you ever needed a cheap trip down memory lane. How about a reminder of all the things that make you feel like your childhood is still a tangible and living thing. Sadly, as we enter our rush to grow up, which honestly seems like an eternity we tend to forget everything that we loved from our younger days. I was reminded of that today when I noticed my co-teacher watching an Animaniacs video. Now for those of you who may be of an older generation, Animaniacs was a cartoon series that I watched religiously in my later elementary school days.
The show revolved around three main characters: Yakko(middle), Wakko(right), and Dot(left). The show was relatively crazy, yet at the same time would do spats of educational material. Yet, just by watching five minutes from this show I was sent back to a time where I was young and free. The world lay at my feet and I could do anything in the world. Granted at that time I was still actively considering a career as a jet pilot (thanks Top Gun), baseball superstar (I wanted to be Rickey Henderson), or life as a Rockstar (damn you Poison, Whitesnake, and Bon Jovi). Yet, even now I look back at life, and I wonder, how could things have turned out differently? How could things be worse, how could they be better? What if I had gone left instead of right? What if I had gone down instead of up? It's amazing to think that a simple show, which brought so much laughter and happiness in life at such a young age, can now bring so much reflection.
How often have you watched the things from your childhood? They make me smile every time as I remember the feelings that are associated with being a child. Could my life have been different, of course. Do I want it to be different, no. I love where I am, I love what I am doing. As I type now I have a smile on my face and I wonder, who else loved the cartoons of their childhood? Perhaps some day when I am old and gray, and probably on my way to the comfortable room where the walls are padded you'll hear me singing at the top of my lungs
"It's time for Animaniacs
And we're zany to the max
So just sit back and relax
You'll laugh 'til you collapse"