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Where Are We Now?

David Bowie’s latest single “Where Are We Now?” is a haunting introspective song sure to evoke a palpable emotional response from listeners around the world. At least that’s what happened to me.

Too often in life we just go through the motions falling deep into a state of complacency. As a younger man I’d ride the New York City subway trains at various times during the day each week. I couldn’t help notice the expressions of the men and women above the age of 40. Some were lost in deep thought. Others seemed lifeless, bearing a stoic countenance as if the bright flame of their dreams had been snuffed out long ago. I wondered if that would be my fate. Could the struggles of life eclipse my optimism.

As the years passed the world became a smaller, more volatile place. There now exists a nearly symbiotic relationship with technology even though by definition, machines are not alive. The information age which promised to connect us all has in fact distanced us from real life social interactions. Even those of us with young children have felt the impact with the all too pervasive Tablets now becoming a fixture in our lives.

The need to take a moment, maybe several moments to take stock of where we are now seems more relevant than ever. As in a lyric from another popular David Bowie song, “Time can change me, but I can’t change time,” our lives constantly change as time passes despite our best efforts to control time.

Have you ever felt as if the span of a decade is more compressed? I think it’s because so many of us have adopted and accepted the rapid fire pace style of living that works in tandem with the technological world of predetermined obsolescence. Stay still and you are old news. Blink and you might get left behind. Nonetheless, living this way is still a choice not a necessity.

So how are you taking moments for yourself? How do we break the cycle of running in place? Where are we now?

David Bowie: Where Are We Now

  • Reflection and assessment are great things and something we do in our jobs all the time. i think we need to incorporate that into our personal lives. How has my job performance as a dad, man, friend, husband,…. been this past month, year, decade. These are helpful things to sit with and ponder over a cup of coffee or run through the streets.

    • cutemonster

      Agreed. Too often there’s little expectation for self evaluation in our personal lives.

  • I think about these things more often than I like to admit.

    • cutemonster

      Me too Josh. It’s that little voice in our heads we often ignore. – Vincent

  • Jeez Vincent, it’s way too early in the morning to read something this challenging and profound! BUT, as a man/dad quite a bit older than you, I will offer YOU some hope!

    For me, life literally gets better EVERY DAY. The speed of it all I cannot stand or affect, but the quality of my life couldn’t be better.

    The key was a turnaround I was forced to make a few years ago, when I hit an emotional dead-end. What followed was a re-birth of sorts in which my mission in life was less about me and more about giving back. It’s corny, but it works.

    I also stopped complaining as much and really REALLY tried to always see the positive in life. I wake up EVERY day and Thank G*d I’m well, my family is well (at the moment) and I recognize that the old saying “This Too Shall Pass” applies not only to the tough times, but the good ones, too. So, I appreciate every moment I can.

    • cutemonster

      Bruce, you’re like the Obi-Wan Kenobi of Dad Writers. As always, thank you for your insights.

  • ihopeiwinatoaster

    “I think it’s because so many of us have adopted and accepted the rapid
    fire pace style of living that works in tandem with the technological
    world of predetermined obsolescence.” That’s the finest sentence I’ve seen in a while. Your writing is succinct and somehow elegant, great tone.

    • cutemonster

      Thank you. Humbled. And thank you for dropping by. – Vincent