Mary Chapin Carpenter is an American rock, folk and country music singer-songwriter who is very popular in the DC area where she started her career in the 80s at local clubs. I don’t listen to a lot of music but happened to hear a song of hers the other day called “What Would You Say to Me.”
There’s a verse in the song that caught my attention
Time only goes one way
Time only goes one way
Time only knows one way
And it ain't coming back
I’m not really sure what she was thinking of with this verse but for me, it spoke to the limited amount of time we have and that we never really know when our time will be up. Many people are thinking about putting off travel because of Covid and airline cancellations, purchases because of inflation and uncertainty. More broadly, people tend to put off having meaningful conversations with loved ones because we can always get to that later.
It’s prudent to be worried about your finances when the economy seems to be struggling and stock markets are volatile, but I would suggest delaying the travel or purchases not because of fear but because you have rationally determined that it’s unwise to spend right now.
I don’t think we can count on always having the time later to do what we should do and to express our gratitude to those important to us. So, I try to do the things that are meaningful to me and to say the things that need to be said. Time only goes one way and it’s not coming back.
Take care and stay safe.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.