Chan came over after dinner earlier this evening and we ended up looking through the LT 10 photo folder I had in my Vaio. Three points came to mind throughout the nostalgic flip-through.
1) We look very different now – some have put on weight, others have chopped off (in one case, shaved bald…briefly) and others have started to look more jaded and well, some still look like drug addicts.
2) It’s amazing how much can change in 5 years. While going through pictures, it struck me that what I had was an as close to chronological record of all of us growing up through NUS and through at least the first years of working life. Damn, how we looked so innocent and cheerful back then.
3) And the final point that hit home,was on how much fun we had throughout the NUS years as friends and as a group. So many possibilities lay ahead of us at that juncture in life. Though we may never talk about it, or reflect enough to answer with certainty, how many of us can believe where we are now, being a result of what we were then?
I would post up photos here but in an effort to save space, will post the pics on Flickr instead. Those who aren’t on my FLickr contact list, email/sms me and let me know.
I am reminded of this song by Baz Luhrmann “Everyone’s Free (to wear Sunscreen)” and the lyric line that went:
“Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay beforeyou and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you imagine. Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is aseffective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.”
Full lyrics are available here.
Seriously though, photos are one thing that, once you get beyond the potential damage and laughter it can evoke on your wedding montage, scratch that, when you get beyond the fact that it will appear in some form in a photo montage on your wedding, then it becomes this concept that catches what my mind terms “that moment in time”. And I can appreciate being able to use this “moments in time” to help me, as a trigger, reach back into my memories and pull out what is pure, and true (or just fun and happy) about that moment.