Glenn and Pat shared a nostalgic moment on radio this morning after they coincidently both listened to the same song on their way into work. Listening to the 1978 Ambrosia classic “How Much I Feel” had Glenn a little misty eyed for no discernable reason.
“I was driving in today and I was listening to an old song from the ’70s. And it’s called ‘How Much I Feel’ by Ambrosia,” Glenn said. “I was sitting in the front of the car, and I’m getting misty-eyed. And I’m thinking to myself, ‘This is the dumbest thing ever. I’m pining for a time that wasn’t all that great.’”
“I pulled into the parking lot listening to that song,” Pat added. “What the hell am I pining for? My life is great right now. I have great kids. I have a fabulous wife. I got a great job. What am I thinking about 1979 for – when I made 500 bucks a month?”
Glenn came up with two reasons he looks back so fondly on that time: Life was simpler and the weight of the world wasn’t quite so overwhelming.
“We can think of is two things: It was a simple time, and we didn’t have the weight of the world,” Glenn said. “When you’re 19-years-old, you think that the world is still your oyster… Everything is a possibility. It’s the best part of youth. Everything is a possibility. The older you get, the more you’re like, ‘That’s not going to happen.’”
With less than a week to go until he turns the big 5-0, Glenn found himself thinking a lot about ways to stay aware, engaged, and impassioned.
“Maybe I’m feeling this way because next week I turn 50,” Glenn said. “Don’t let anybody tell you that your future, no matter how old you are, is set in stone. It’s not. I was 35 years old [when] I joined AA and I started to change my life. And I remember thinking: I’ve made far too many mistakes in my life. I have treated people so poorly. Nobody is going to work with me. I’ll never be able to change any of that. That’s not the image that I have now.”
“I urge anybody who is under 30, think of this: It doesn’t matter what you’ve done before. It doesn’t matter what’s happened to you. It doesn’t matter how much your life has sucked or any of the mistakes,” he concluded. “You could have gotten out of jail yesterday. Good. Start all over again. You have time. You have plenty of time. Start all over again.”
Listen to “How Much I Feel” via a You Tube clip below: