Below is something I wrote in July of 2010, over five years ago. By the way the two guys referenced in this writing, they are both now married and doing just fine.
Kama, Sammy Hagar. Well said Mr. Hagar.
I have great love and interest in two young college students: my grandson and the son of some very close friends of ours, Rob and Kathy. Our grandson just graduated from the University of Tennessee this past month, and the other is drawing close to graduating from Lipscomb University.
It is hard for me to think that either of them to be the age of graduates. I was there, literally, when they came into the world. One was our grandson, and the parents of the other claimed us as “grandparents,” as their parents were far away, so, consequently, we were in the mix early.
This past week, I had dinner with both of them; although, not at the same time. One of the questions present in most of the conversations with both of them is, “What now?” What’s next in this phase, this chapter, of their life? “What am I going to do now?” What will be the next feature? At times, there is a sense of anxiousness in both young men, along with a sense of adventure. Both their circumstances remind me of a line from a song rocker Sammy Hagar wrote. Cut me some slack, I do know about music of people other than Merle, Alan, George and Hank. Hagar wrote a song on the day his daughter Kama was born. There is a line in the song that says,
“Somehow the mystery is over, yet it just began.”
I’m sure these two young men have some sense of those words. Four years have come and gone, and now what comes next for them? Some of the mysteries of life are over, some questions have been answered, and, yet, there are so many mysteries waiting. I might share with them that this anticipation will not ever completely leave. All ages have thought, “It’s over, but what will begin next?”
Maybe the best line Hagar wrote on that day is this:
Love is all you’ve got to start out in the world with, and love is all that remains.”
July 19, 2010