Nope, not a chance.
Listening to the much covered and much loved song Me and Bobby Mcgee1 in the car this morning, it struck me what a poignant and heartbreakingly beautiful line this is. I guess the author/singer feels that life is no longer worth living without Bobby, to the extent that he’d give away the rest of it just to be able to go back and spend a single day with her.
Social media and in particular Facebook present us with memories from the past on a daily basis. Usually (but not always) these are great memories simply because it’s human to want to post the good stuff as opposed to the unpleasant or downright painful stuff. I’m sure I’m not alone in regularly feeling some sadness that they are gone, and never to be repeated, and while they can induce some yearning for the past I still think they are a good thing.
How many of us regularly go through the hundreds or even thousands of photos we take these days – remember the old 24 or 36 exposure films we used to have, wow – and take the time to look at them? With phone cameras taking digital photos and the incredible cheapness of data storage I suspect we’re at a point where more is indeed less.
So Facebook chooses memories for me, and while they’re not always the ones I would have chosen had I actually looked through the posts myself, they often have me smiling fondly. Yearning too, occasionally, but hey, I’m looking through photos and posts from the past that I otherwise wouldn’t have.
I enjoy these regular glimpses into a mostly happy past, but rather than descend into sadness I am choosing to believe that there are equally great times still to come. Life moves on, and damn quickly, so I am trying to remember to slow down and savour each of these moments as they happen.
Finally, it’s not often that I sing the praises of our social media giants and in this context they’re hard to fault, but hold on to your hat, there is also a lot that isn’t so great, so watch this space.
Have a great day.
- I’d always assumed that this song was written by Janis Joplin but in looking it up this morning I discovered it was written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster. Janis had a #1 hit (posthumously) with it but other artists like The Grateful Dead (the version I was listening to) Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers and many others have also covered it.