Thomas Fletcher (fletch31526) wrote,
Thomas Fletcher

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WNL-XVII: "I'm just hanging on while this old world keeps spinning"

One day in May 2000, I received an e-mail from an alumni of my high school. She was several years my senior and, although I recognized her name, I didn't know her. She was attempting to start some sort of online club for fellow graduates. I ignored the invitation to the club, but I researched her e-mail address. I found an online profile and a link to her home page. What I found there quite possibly changed my life.

Over the course of the several years prior, I'd made several attempts at publishing my own Web page. Trust me when I say that none of them were very exciting. Hers, however, was more than just a list of favorite Web sites or pictures of her and her friends. She kept a journal online – her thoughts, feelings and the events of her life for the entire world to see. I was interested immediately.

Suddenly, I not only found myself wanting to read about the life of someone I didn't even know, I felt the need to follow in her footsteps. I'd tried several times in the past to maintain paper journals, but never kept them up. However, as a newspaperman, I knew I could write for an audience. With a journal, the audience of one was never enough. By publishing online, I'd be writing for the masses. I hoped that would be enough for me to continue.

I wrote my first entry on June 2, 2000 -- eight years ago this week. I'm not sure I still know the guy that first created this journal thing back then. I sometimes sense him lurking in the shadows and wonder if he would recognize me. I'm pretty sure he would. There's a lot about me that hasn't changed. I still battle many of the same insecurities. I still get lost in myself from time to time. A couple of the same characters still appear in many of my storylines.

Of course, just as many things -- or more -- have changed. Those eight years could just as easily have been a lifetime ago -- before I became a firefighter, at a time when I was pretty convinced that Jessie would never be anything more than a friend and when I still imagined myself as an eager newspaper man -- fighting evil with the stroke of a pen and bringing news to the world. Heh.

It's not very deep or neccessarily profound, but with another year as a journaler under my belt, what song would be more fitting for WNL than "A Trip Around The Sun" by Jimmy Buffet? It's one of those obscure songs you don't hear very often... but one I've always taken a liking to.

Hear 'em singing Happy Birthday
Better think about the wish I made
This year gone by ain't been a piece of cake
Every day's a revolution
Pull it together and it comes undone
Just one more candle and a trip around the sun

I'm just hanging on while this old world keeps spinning
And it's good to know it's out of my control
If there's one thing that I've learned from all this living
Is that it wouldn't change a thing if I let go

No, you never see it coming
Always wind up wondering where it went
Only time will tell if it was time well spent
It's another revelation
Celebrating what I should have done
With these souvenirs of my trip around the sun

I'm just hanging on while this old world keeps spinning
And it's good to know it's out of my control
If there's one thing that I've learned from all this living
That it wouldn't change a thing if I let go

Yes, I'll make a resolution
That I'll never make another one
Just enjoy this ride on my trip around the sun
Just enjoy this ride ...
Until it's done

Tags: lyrics, public, wnl, youtube

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