“I think we were too young to know any better and too old to really get into complete trouble” is a line that I just typed to an old friend who I spent a few years living on the road with shows. He sent me a bunch of pictures from the past that jogged my memory a bit into remembering. People think that one is making up a lack of memory, yet if you move every day, to a different place on the planet, about the only thing that looks similar is the hotel rooms you stay in.
Either I have simply gotten good at forgetting in the process of learning to forgive, even a memory, or I just really have no need to keep a lot of what is the norm for people to remember in my head. Einstein had a great quote, “why remember that which you can look up?”
Today we have Google to look up pretty much anything. My friend did send a picture of an old Halliburton case that has I am guessing an apple 190 laptop in it. “do you remember the combination?”
“remember the combination? I am amazed you still have it?”
Then there were some pictures of crews we were on, and I just had to laugh and smile. While we worked around the clock, they were some amazing times for a young man that read too much mark twain as a kid.
Mark Twain great quote about travel is the cure for racism, bigotry, and other social ills with humans. The greatest gift I got, which at the time, I really didn’t understand was having to work with different languages, rules, regulations, religious beliefs, social beliefs, and cultures.
At the time I was working in it, I didn’t “get” the lesson. Years later, they all slowly shaped me to realize we are all humans, we all bleed red, and we all tend to want a peaceful life and to love and be loved.
It isn’t that difficult. Somehow, as humans, when we gain the wisdom to really understand that, we are old.
"Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates." — "Life on the Mississippi," 1883