I love this song. It was my summer and now fall and I’m sure straight into winter jam.
For some reason this song reminds me of this guy, Aaron, I met in the south of France in the summer 2010. We had so much fun together and I feel like he and his friends just epitomized the energy and fun of this song. Aaron was from Australia [complete with awesome accent] and was a kindergarten teacher in London [collective aww]. He taught me that if you cross the street with confidence, no matter if a car is coming, it will stop for you [except of it was the Nicois light rail train, those things stop for no one]. Well one night were were walking hand in hand through the streets of Nice and he decided that it would be a good time to test his theory. So, holding my hand he put his head down and proceeded to walk into oncoming traffic [the cars were going slow]. I quickly let go of his hand knowing that it was the worst idea ever [I’m pretty lame risk-averse]. He kept going and just like he said, the car stopped. Humorously [because people in the south of France are awesome], the driver threw up his hands and acted confused, looking from Aaron who had just crossed the street and me, still on my side of the street. His passenger clapped for Aaron because what else can you do for a young, foolish, Australian?
It was one of my favorite moments of the trip because its a story I’m totally telling my grandchildren: the time I met a funny, carefree Australian in the south of France and he tried to get me to “cross confidently”. It’s youth at its best. Just being foolish carefree enough to spend the evening walking around town with a guy you met the day before at your hostel with no real idea of where your friends were. It was so dumb but so fun. [I already miss being that young…] I remember at one point during our time together Aaron telling me: “you don’t want your biography to be titled: ‘All the Things I Should’ve Done’, do you?”. We were only together for two days and he was well aware how I wasn’t into taking chances [besides hanging out with a guy I just met because he was a good dancer and had an Australian accent]. Next year, following Aaron’s lead, I will try to live more fearlessly. But I promise not to walk into oncoming traffic while taking on this new mantra.