It’s incredible how music can spark a memory, only yesterday I was listening to a bit of a Spotify mix and a song by the band Ash came on – all of a sudden I was transported back to my teenage years with my friends Paul and Tim. We were young, we were naive and we had no idea what the world had in store for us… What a sensation!
The mix got better throughout the day and I found myself back in Paris with Jimmy Eat World, Boulder with Pearl Jam, Queenstown with the Killers, Fiji with Westlife (don’t judge me – there is another ) and Australia with Snow Patrol. The longer I listened the more vivid the memory would become.
My love for Snow Patrol had begun when I was at school, but their hit song Chasing Cars had become a constant reminder of my time in living and working in Australia. Armed with nothing but a Sony MP3 player I wandered the streets of central Sydney on many occasions, sometimes with no particular goal. The shops held no interest to me, I was free of consumerism – my money all went on travel, food and accommodation. That thought alone sent a shivering wave through me, I wasn’t interested in products I was interested in the experience. I wondered if this was the first time I had felt like that.
No matter what route I took through those commercialised streets, I always seemed to find myself in site of the magnificent Opera House. I had learnt to appreciate my surroundings like never before. That structure had no particular significance in my life, it wasn’t like I had roots there or history, but anytime I passed it, it unleashed a realisation that I was so lucky to have all of this adventure in front of me! Every day was a new adventure – I was alone and making my own way.
What a memory to have… and of course one to share…
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