This morning, I am traveling to the Washington D.C. area with my friend to celebrate New Year’s. Of course, this won’t be a common celebration but one filled with some live music by a certain band that we know and love. Yes, this New Year’s celebration will include a couple Duran shows.
When these shows were announced, I didn’t hesitate to make plans to go. I never have New Year’s plans and this holiday includes time away from work. If that wasn’t enough, I also had airline miles. It seemed like a no brainer. Yet, as the days passed by and become weeks then months, I began to wonder if I made the right decision. I could use the money for other things. The mountain of grading would not get done on its own. My feelings of despair hadn’t let up much since November. Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling it much and put off real planning. Yes, I had a plane ticket, a hotel room, but I hadn’t prepared the binder or figure out any real details. I kept putting it off.
Then, on Christmas day, I heard about George Michael’s death. Like so many others of my generation, I grew up listening to George Michael and Wham. I sang his songs and watched his videos. Hearing about his loss was like losing a part of my childhood. Then, when you place his loss alongside the others who died during this year, the grief is almost overwhelming. When I just think about the musicians lost this year, I am deeply saddened by those whom I will never have the opportunity to see live in concert or hear new music from again. I was lucky in that I saw David Bowie live once. I wish I could have said the same for Prince and George Michael.
Suddenly, I realized that I need to get it together. I have the opportunity to go and see Duran Duran on New Year’s Eve. I shouldn’t ignore any and all chances to see bands/artists I like. I certainly should APPRECIATE every single chance I have to see Duran Duran. If anything that 2016 has taught us, it is not to waste chances and moments to do what you love or to be where you are happiest. After all, you never know when we won’t have the chance to do it again, for whatever the reason.
Now that I have rearranged my perspective, how can I not be excited and appreciative for this chance? How can I not look forward to spending New Year’s not only with Duran Duran but also countless Duranies! While I will miss my best friend being with me and I acknowledge that life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, I need to focus on what I do have. I will have two Duran shows and I know that there is no place I would rather be. Duranie friends will be all around me. Life isn’t perfect but this trip will be pretty close.
So, as you are all reading this, I should be on my way. Hopefully, my flight will be uneventful and then I will be able to enjoy a city that I have had the good fortune of spending some time over the last 6 years or so. Then, I will be ready to party and put an end of a year that was filled with sorrow and disappointment. With everlasting hope, I, along with thousands of Duran fans, will welcome 2017 doing what we love–singing, dancing, screaming and clapping for a band and music we love so much.