Coincidence. That’s the word of the day. I was going to see U2 last night. New Jersey Transit was all sorts of messed up, and the Husband was going to be a train behind me. I texted him that it was just so crowded, he should just meet me at the seats. But in a bizarre coincidence, my husband happened to get on the same car as me, and the exact same part of the car. The odds of this happening are…. I don’t know…I have my writing cap on now, not the math one….
After we exit the train and begin walking to the stadium, I heard my name…..I turned around and it was one of my best friends from high school. We’re friends on Facebook, and we chat, but I haven’t seen her in 30 years. 1987. The year Joshua Tree came out. Joshua Tree- the album that was going to be glorified by U2 that very evening. Coincidence.
So on a night already filled with nostalgia, I was really transported back in time. For just a little bit, my memory was very clear. The 80’s just came rushing back. It was the decade when I graduated High School and College. Got my first real job. Became friends with the three most amazing women. Fell wildly in love. It was the decade when everything seemed possible.
And as I walked to my seat I looked around. People were showing ID and buying beer, but the ID was just a formality. It was clear we were all well past 21. it was clear that a lot of people were wearing clothes that were old enough to buy a beer. The crowd was moving a bit slowly, and the conversations centered around tuition bills, and retirements, and arthritis.
But then the stage lights finally started to light red, and we realized there was movement on the stage…..
And the crowd started to sing ” ‘Cause tonight, we can be as one”-
People began swaying, tapping their feet….
Standing and jumping in the air….
And when I looked into the eyes of those around me….
I didn’t see people thinking about retirement….
I saw people as they were in 1987….
Young, full of hope and full of dreams- ready to take on the world.
And as they sang side A- I mean- the first half of that album is almost perfection, filled with songs most will instantly recognize. But if you’re going to have a tour that is centered around an album, you need to play the flip side. The songs that you might not necessarily remember. And the crowd- well, U2 didn’t come on till 9:20, so I’m going to say a lot of the audience hadn’t been up this late recently. And with the average age being around 47, there were a lot of trips to the bathroom, and some muttered grumblings about the volume….. and there eyes started to show their age again.
But I looked at the Husband, who I’d met by coincidence tonight, and met due to a coincidence 25 years ago- and I smiled. It’s wonderful to go back in time for a little bit, to think about places, and things, and people that you may not have thought about for awhile. I have amazing memories, of love and loss, happiness and sadness, good and bad- and I treasure every one of those moments, because they have made me the person I am today. I don’t want to go back in time- I don’t wish I could change anything. I’ve had a pretty great yesterday- today is pretty awesome- and I can’t wait for tomorrow.