It’s Friday, it’s unofficially summer time and if you’re lucky enough to live in Northern California, it’s a beautiful day out. Today is the kind of day that makes you smile just thinking about it. Today is one of the good ones. It’s an especially appealing day for me because I’m cutting work short, hopping in my car and going for a little road trip. I’m driving out to some city I’ll likely never visit again, to see my favorite band tear some shit up. Today has no choice but to be a good day.
I’ve made this musical pilgrimage countless times over the course of about 20 years and it has yet to get old. As a matter of fact, I called my adorable, Mexican momma yesterday and said, “guess who I’m going to go see on Friday.” Without missing a beat, she blurted out, “311!” Now that might not mean much to you, but my mother is not one to keep up with popular music. My mom is elegant, soft spoken and sweet. She is always dressed impeccably and has every ounce of dignity that I lack. She likes old, black-and-white movies and the kind of music that scores those old flicks. She doesn’t really know much about 311 and she’s pretty forgetful, but she knows I love to dance to their music like a psycho and that I live for days like today. “Ay, mi’ja. I can’t believe you still go to those shows after all this time. I honestly thought you’d grow out of it after a while. I’m glad you didn’t, though. You are always so happy when you come home from one of their concerts. Have a wonderful time,” she said. “Mom, you know I’m going to these until those guys retire, right?” I replied. Laughing she said, “I know you will. Enjoy every minute.” I love my mom because she gets me more than I like to admit, so today’s Friday Truth goes out to my momma to the tune of a song called Existential Hero.
Whatever it is that you love to do, whatever reminds you what it feels like to burn with enjoyment, do that. Don’t ever stop doing that because life is readily muddled with minutia, which makes it entirely too easy to forget how to live. So live and do it now because none of us have much time left.
Happy Friday, y’all.