The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

Cher Was Right, You Can’t Turn Back Time …

Can you imagine what it must have been like growing up in the 1920’s and living in the 1960’s?

The things you have seen, endured, been challenged by?

The advances in technology, social mobility, medicine?

Wars, depression, liberation, love.

It must have been amazing …

Well, the reason I say this is because it’s exactly the same if you were a kid in the 80’s but are around today.

OK, it’s not identical … but the cultural shifts have been, in many ways, just as dramatic.

Wars. Economic highs and lows. Medical and transportation revolution. The internet.

Huge shifts in expressions of creativity – from music, art, film and TV to fashion, food, technology and sport.

An endless journey of exploration, discovery and adventure.

And while it can all feel daunting, the reality is the changes are rarely night and day.

More like a steady stream of progress, even if not always in a straight line or done with fairness or equality.

Throughout her life, my Mum was very much about embracing the present.

Not in the sense that she was trying to mimic Cher [though I also love Cher] … nor that she didn’t value the experience and lessons of the past … but because her view was that if you embrace the times, you live a more fulfilling life.

It’s why she was always interested in what others were interested in.

Music. Art. Film. Culture.

Because even if she didn’t always understand it or like it, she felt it was important to appreciate it. Though, you would be amazed how much she did like it. Love it even.

It amazes me how many people don’t seem to follow this view.

Who think that actually, you can turn back time.

Like Republican/Tory voters. Or Daily Mail readers.

Stubbornly trying to maintain or recreate a time where they felt more ‘in control’. More important or valuable.

And while I appreciate change can be scary, it can also be exhilarating and that’s why the idea of living in the equivilent of the 1920’s to 1960’s has never made me feel so old, it’s also never made me feel so lucky.

I hope with all my heart I get to experience the World when Otis has gone through the same period of time.

It’s unlikely, but I hope he embraces it.

Not just for his happiness, but for what it could inspire him to do.

To discover.

To learn.

Thank you Mum.

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Just talking about the 80s to today as being the same timeframe as the 20s to the 60s has blown my mind. I’m not sure if that is in a good way. I knew your mum was a special person, this has just increased my admiration for her.

Comment by George

The 1920-1960 is the same period as 1980-2020 is deepressing and inspiring at the same time.

Comment by Pete

It’s pretty cool. Go on, admit it.

Comment by Rob

sad twats.

Comment by andy@cynic

She was. What I loved was the curiosity in the questions she had. No judgement whatsoever, just a keeness to understand why something was so important for someone else. But it went further than that, she would passionately advocate for the rights of the new who were disturbing the old. Her view was every generation creates or opens greater change and the last thing they need is people trying to stop it when they did exactly the same when they were in their position.

Comment by Rob

A better planner than all of us.

Comment by Bazza

mrs c was a fucking legend but being a better planner than the rest of you pricks on here isnt hard. my shit is more insightful.

Comment by andy@cynic

Is there a reason the Cher photo is so small? Are you trying to protect our eyes?

Comment by Pete

Hahahaha, no. I have o idea why that happens. It makes it feel like the blog posts of the past – where you always had little stamp pics.

I’ll try and change it later. As far as I am concerned, Cher should always be presented in XXXXXL size.

Comment by Rob

Good to see you remain the gayest straight guy I’ve ever met.

Comment by Bazza

To quote an Aussie rugby player who had the same accusation/compliment levelled at him … that makes me a ‘man’s man’, so thank you very much.

Comment by Rob

you didnt have to explain you stole that line. it was too good to ever be yours campbell.

Comment by andy@cynic

you make chers dress sense look fucking elegant.

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