Reflections of Changeby Tyler Woods on May. 17, 2010, under Life
I had a birthday this weekend. It was a great birthday and I had a birthday bash that was very fun and enjoyable. My old band mates from out of town came in and we played for hours. Notice I did not say days, it hurts too much to play guitar for 8-10 hours at a time like we used to. Like any birthday I have created a habit and I like to reflect on where I am and where I came from and what has and hasn’t changed in all my years and it got me thinking…
Some things change as fast as we can blink an eye. For instance it seems like just a few years ago it was 1976 and I was graduating from high school wondering what I was going to do with the rest of my life. Even with a Ph.D. and my own business, today I am still wondering what I want to do with the rest of my life.
Some things change so quickly that you can almost get whiplash. It feels like it was just a few months ago I was working on a DOS computer and thinking it was all that and more. Today I can hardly keep up with the latest greatest computers, or space that I can store things on. I used to think having 512 MB’s of space was out of this world, and then when a one gig came out, I was in heaven. Now I have terabytes and still run out of room.
The other thing I noticed that changes so quickly is people. I look at my father and I see an old man. He can barely walk and his memory is slower than his stride. He doesn’t always know what day it is anymore. Yet last week, I could have sworn he was a middle aged man working in his woodshed creating masterpieces. Then you blink, and there is an old man sitting in front of you waiting for his time to go.
Then we have the things that never change with age but has aged. Take Guy Atchley from KGUN news. You know he is getting old, he is grey, but he seems so ageless. I have been watching him for years, and he doesn’t seem to look any older than he did say 5 or 10 years ago. He reminds me of Dick Clark who also has that ageless face. I look in the mirror and see more crow’s feet and I get greyer each week it seems. But there are certain people, that no matter how much they have aged, they never change. It’s as if they’ve sipped from the fountain of youth, or have good plastic surgeons!
Other things that seem to never change is Arizona Politics. Why it seems like just yesterday that Governor Evan Mecham made racist statements about women and minorities. He apparently was frightened of both. Because of his personal fears he put Arizona on the map in 1987 when he referred to African Americans as pickaninnies. The results from his horrific actions of calling blacks names publically and revoking MLK day was detrimental to tourism and the general image of the State of Arizona was shattered. In fact, more than 160 conventions canceled their plans. Boycotting and protesting was happening all over Arizona in protest against this racist’s governor who would, thank goodness, be impeached. Nothing has changed. Today, 23 years later, our governor is having racial issues once again, this time with the Hispanic population. It feels like deja vous as people are protesting, business are boycotting and once again our fine state is being tarnished by a governor.
So this year as I reflect upon what has and hasn’t changed in my lifetime, I have come up with this; It is a great time to be alive and healthy and I am enjoying the ride–even though the ride so often feels familiar.