This particular song by Bon Jovi has been a favourite of mine for many years now. When I listen to it, I cast my mind back to my mid to late teens and I remember my friends, the music that we all enjoyed, my first love and all the fun we had together as a group.
When you’re that age you believe that you will live forever and that nothing will change. You don’t want to grow up, in some ways. You are young, and beautiful, and indestructible. The future is so bright that you’ve got to wear shades.
Life isn’t like that though, is it. We all have to grow and move on. Our tastes in music or fashion change, friendships fade, people become immersed in work. Suddenly our priorities are different to those of our old peers. You and your first love break up and you think you will never love again – but you do.
Some of your friends even die. Quite a number of my friends have had to say goodbye over the years – including my best friend of seventeen years who died from a brain tumour in 2008, aged just thirty-seven. Let me tell you; visiting the friend who has seen you through divorce, homelessness, depression and more and holding them for what you know to be the last time… it’s heartbreaking.
However, over the years I have never said goodbye. I hold on to the wonderful memories from all those years ago.
I may be a very different person now, but I will never say goodbye to the memories that I love.