Tia—Longing For ‘Now’
It has been a beautiful week; an absolutely gorgeous, lovely, beautiful week. It was exactly what I asked for and exactly what I needed after the dreary snowy days. Unfortunately it looks like my spring break won’t feel as much like spring as it has been the past couple of days for it looks like Pennsylvania will be a bitter 30 degrees for most of the time I am home for my time off, but it will be nice to be home again.
My desire for the warmth after winter perplexes me though as I also long for a cool breeze after a hot steaming summer in the fall. This makes me wonder: do I actually enjoy the warmth more than I enjoy cool weather or is it just because I am ready for a change and grow tired of what has been for weeks? Do I only appreciate these things when they are new, exciting and vibrant? This continues on into the rest of my interests. Do I only enjoy things while they are fresh and interesting? As humans are we all like this in certain ways? I know that I am now more excited to go home more than I ever have before in my life because I am appreciating what I usually do not have. I’m also getting a cavity filled while I’m home and that is a new event from the average day but I know for certain that I am not looking forward to this. But what exactly is the interest-span, if you will, of humans? Do we grow bored so quickly with our surroundings that we create for ourselves the affect and cliché “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone?”
We see this short interest-span a lot in our culture. Once a style or song or event is overused and grows old, it is no longer “trendy” no matter how “in” that thing use to be. But then again we grow excited once we are reminded of the things that use to be our norm. For example all the “only 90s kids will get this” lists of old McDonalds toys and shows on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. So when has something been around too long or when is something old enough to be resurrected and made interesting again?
As a communications major I am becoming a front row observer of this tendency. I literally focus on the news; what is new, what is interesting, what is controversial and what is bizarre. I’m going into a career that will demand me to be up to date on the ever-changing trends and stories to watch them become go from “breaking news” to an example in a textbook. We don’t buy old newspapers. We want what is now. But “now” is not a tangible time and therefore is the craving for “now” ever satisfied?
I use to hate change. I would cry if my mom rearranged furniture in our house when I was a kid. But now I need change often in my life to keep from getting bored and irritated. This is part of the selfish character of humans. When thing get old, whether they change or not, they are no longer wanted including objects, ideas or even people. These questions may never have an answer and I’m sure I’ll think about it more often in my life but this raises another question; how amazing is it that God has still never lost interest in us for thousands of years?