Watching all the young people walk back and forth, some with their arms draped around each other, others looking lost and lonely, I am transported back some forty years to another life. Instantly the music playing in my mind is Beach Boys, Credence Clearwater and Jefferson Airplane. I remember the feeling of having endless time and possibilities stretch farther than I can see. I remember the black despair and fear that I will never find real love. I remember my sense of dread over not finishing my homework in time and how that lies in my gut like a history textbook.
"I'm going to hold on forever..." The song is about love but for me it brings to the surface memories of hopes, of friends, of dreams, of loves and of the paths taken and the ones relegated to the gossamer what-ifs of my imagination. All these are what I truly hold on to forever.