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Taking Chances

My husband and I recently purchased a record player. We’re feeling nostalgic these days; middle-age will do that to a person. It’ll make you crave some things from the past, remembering with rose-colored glasses. That’s the beauty of nostalgia – it’s always seen in a pleasant way. Owning a record player again has changed our lives. Okay, that sounds a bit dramatic, but it definitely has caused us to cut down on watching television, and instead, just chill and listen to music. There are so many things I love about having a record player again.

Aside from the awesome sound quality (yes, vinyl is way better than digital), the hunt for finding records is part of the thrill of owning a record player. We’ll often peruse the used shelves at our local record store haunts (Or even the flea market, where they sell tombstones and records all in the same place!), seeking rare finds and hidden gems. Sometimes, when we’re feeling frisky, we’ll buy a record without knowing anything about the musician. It’s like the olden days in a sense: the aspect of buying music without being able to sample it first. And, you know what? These on-a-whim purchases are some of my favorites!

So, recently my husband came home with Fleetwood Mac’s Behind The Mask albumMy response was less-than-appreciative. I crinkled my nose and said, “Lindsey isn’t on that one.” Yeah, I talk like Buckingham and I are bosom friends, referring to him by his first name. Hub said to me, “Give it a try. You might just like it.”

Begrudgingly, I played the record, thinking I wasn’t going to like it. But, as I sat there and listened to it, I found myself enjoying it – as much as my other Fleetwood Mac records. Sure, it’s a different sound without Lindsey, but it’s not bad. In fact, it’s good.

I like to think I’m an open-minded person, but sometimes, I, too, find myself caught up in a rut – in my safety net, clinging to what I know and think I know is better. Sometimes, all it takes is a willingness to not compare and just sit and really listen.

Taking chances, whether it’s something as small as listening to a new band or kayaking in alligator-infested waters (Yep. Recently did that, and I don’t recommend it!), can place you out of your comfort zone and make you see something from another perspective. We can’t view life from one point of view because then we’ll miss out on all of the other beautiful scenery.