Blue Like JP
You know what I think is the absolute worst? Don’t worry. I’m gonna tell ya:
I think we all have a movie or book or song/album that, years ago, kinda defined that season of life we were in. So maybe when you think about your college days, you think about Dave Matthews because you and your friends went to several concerts and downloaded all his B-sides off of Napster. Or maybe when you think about high school you think about the movie She’s All That because you watched it with some friends during a sleepover. And then you guys quoted it your entire senior year. Or maybe when you were in your 30s and going through a divorce, you decided to read a Douglas Coupland novel that totally took your mind off of all the crap falling down around you. It was cathartic, and you still chuckle when you recall the odd characters and witty dialogue.
Then the years go by and you move on to new interests until one day you’re sitting down and reflecting on these seasons in your life and you think, “Hey, I’m gonna go dig out that old CD/DVD/book and listen to/watch/read it again!”
And so you do.
And only a few moments after you crack open the book or set the CD on the tray or click “play” on the DVD, you are overcome with a stunning and bitter realization. And that realization is this:
That whatever book/CD/DVD you are consuming sucks. Hard.
But you continue to give it a chance! After all, this media defined a season in your life! It has intrinsic value! It’s just that right now, in the season of life you are currently enjoying, you can’t figure out what exactly that intrinsic value is.
And THAT, dear friends, is what I define as “the worst”.
Fortunately for me, Donald Miller’s book, Blue Like Jazz, is not part of this phenomena. That book has held up after subsequent readings, and I continue to find little nuggets of wisdom that I missed during previous readings.
THAT, my dearest of colleagues, is what I would define as “the best”.
What books/music/movies defined seasons in your life? Do you still enjoy those things?