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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Bill Pekarski: Day 136, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 136, Living life on my terms.

I was looking through some photos for inspiration today and I came across one of my favorites. It is a just a group of friends hanging outside on a beautiful day. They are all around 20 years old or so and the picture tells many stories.

The picture was taken outside of the music building at IUP. When the weather was nice, we used to take the lobby furniture out into the courtyard to get some fresh air. The group that is assembled in this photo is a mixture of music majors and several other fields of study, but all that matters is they are enjoying just hanging out.

Here is another observation; no one is looking at a cell phone or sending a text, they are living in the moment with the people who are around them at the time. This is something that the youth today seems to overlook. I would challenge anyone to watch a group of 3 or more kids, let’s say anywhere between 12 and 21 years old, and see how long it takes for someone to pull out a cell phone and look at it. I would even go so far as to say at least one of them will be holding a cell phone so they can respond immediately if it beeps or vibrates.

When you look at the photo, you could almost picture the group being from a television show like “Friends.” They are young, vibrant adults and seem like they don’t have a care in the world. As far as they are concerned these might be the best days of their lives. Actually, they probably are.

Another thing I like about this photo; it isn’t staged, it just happened that we were all around and someone had a camera. The moment is frozen in time and when we look back at it now, we remember what it felt like to be there. This is an area where cell phones are handy as they can take great pictures of moments like this. I just wish that people would take their pictures and then put it away. You can always post it later, enjoy the moment because believe me, there will come a day when you wish you had those few minutes back as opposed to spending extra time uploading and not paying attention.

Here is another thing to consider; there are no drugs or alcohol involved. I know I have a ton of stories about parties and the sort, but you don’t always need a beer in your hand to have a good time. The real truth is, we spent more time like this than anything. Additionally, drugs were never a part of this group; it is just not what we were about, thankfully.

I like to think that we were also a welcoming group. We didn’t shun anyone and it would have been possible to add another 10, 20, or even 30 people to this group in a matter of minutes.

We were also there for each other whenever needed. That is something that I don’t think will ever change. If someone in the group was hurting, you did everything within your power to help them and be that shoulder they needed to lean or cry on. That ideal is as important today as it was back then. Different people in the group have been known to drive great distances at a moment’s notice to be there for someone who is in need.

Sadly, I don’t get to see these people as often as I would like. When we do get together however, the conversation doesn’t stop and we could go on for hours. By the end it will feel like we were never even apart. It is a testament to true friendship.

So what am I trying to say? I guess I want to let young people know that just because you have access to instant technology and information, don’t let it get in the way of enjoying the company of others when you are together. Go ahead and take some photos, but then put the phone away. Make some memories that you can cherish, make your life extraordinary, and live in the moment.

Today I want to dedicate my progress to everyone pictured below. Take a look at it for a while and see what it makes you think about. If it brings up a memory, please comment and let me know about it. After all, the reason I write is to inspire and to remember.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Yes, Bill it sure does bring back memories, some with regret. Regret that many of us in a position like this picture planned to remain in the sister-brother hood we had, and as time went by, we moved, had great families, started new careers and somehow lost touch of what had been so very important, Looking back over so many years (I'm not that young) I really miss all the friendships and commroddery we shared and have such great memories of.. it seem that life just goes along, we face a lot of pleasure and along with that inevitable pain and loss. Then, (I sure know) your time has gone so fast that before you know it your Old! How did this Happen? Seriously, we all need to take these lost times in our hearts very close to life always,because all of a sudden it appears to be too late. I remember so well, being told to enjoy ever state of life at a time you can enjoy it because it all goes so fast. Ya know something, it really does, these older people were right. Now I am one of them and people, listen to what Bill has to say about our loves, our friends, our experiencesite every day. Don't let a day go by without being thankful for all you endure. If we didn't have heartache, we wouldn't realize how good the good can be. You can never go back, make the present count and the memories close and thankGod and people like Bill, in that order for the pleasures and hurts and take every day as if it might not ever repeat itself, because it never Will! Sometimes we don't know how we make through that day, but thanks to you Bill, we can learn. From my heart, Bill, Thank you!