lifestyle

Seeing Fleetwood Mac in concert made me wonder 'what am I doing with my life'?!

On Tuesday I flew up to Brisbane to take my Dad to see Fleetwood Mac.

We are both big fans, and it was a great opportunity to slide in some major brownie points leading into Christmas. After watching review after review assuring us all band members were alive and vertical, I was pretty sure we were in for a good show.

What I didn’t know was that I was also about to be served up a life lesson for the road.

THIS IS LIVING. (Pump class is not)

Right, so the first important thing to note were our seats. I did not scrimp on the tickets and went for the ‘gold’ section (can you hear that? They’re my Brownie Points clocking over), which meant that we were privy to every facial expression, every private glance, and every backstage tantrum that went down both onstage and off. Unlike most big concerts, we weren’t squinting at lego figures on stage, nor trying to take it in via a huge LED blowup screen. We were inside the show.

This made the whole experience magical. I felt like getting a secret view into the life of a rock star. Instead of noticing his grey hair and drooping chin from afar, I was rather metres away from Lindsay Buckingham’s *still* sexy dance moves and freakishly fast fingers on the guitar. Instead of seeing her limp across the stage with her bung hip, I was able to view Stevie shaking out her long blonde hair backstage as she threw on a top hat and heels.

I saw the biker boots of Christine McVie, the hi-fives from John McVie, and the wild drumming of Mick Fleetwood. It was like watching rock ‘n’ roll legends play it out in my own private petrie dish. And it was through this proximity that I made the shocking realisation: these sexagenarians were so, SO much cooler than me.

This is an order: ditch the gym tonight. Go and do THIS instead. OK?

Throughout the show, each band member took their turn (except John McVie, because he’s too damn cool) in offering up some memories from their heyday. Stevie spoke about saving her pennies to shop at a famed San Fran clothing store that was favoured by Janis Joplin, while Lindsay spilled the beans about the band’s famed tumultuous relationships and romances. There were stories of drinking and bell-bottomed jeans and road trips and the whole audience was enraptured as we imagined the greying five onstage as young, 20-somethings in San Francisco, making music and trying to hit the big time.

It was at this point that it hit me.

“They were my age,” I thought with a dull thud of realisation.

“Maybe even a bit older. And not one of them has spoken once about career ladders or healthy eating or saving for a house deposit.”

It was crushing. In 2015, I am a Gen-Y professional who, by all accounts, is ticking the boxes to a successful life. I have a great boyfriend, a nice flat, I pay my rent on time, I go to the gym. My friends are popping out well-behaved children, and I even own a Nutri-Bullet. So why did I feel so SAD comparing myself to the wild ones of Fleetwood Mac in the groovy, swingin’ 60’s? Easy: They were having fun. And for all of my ticked boxes and well-developed quad muscles, I am not.

ADVERTISEMENT
Almost ten years ago now, when life was fun and driving a barge down the river for three days was a viable party option. And now? The hottie to the left has a mortgage AND a baby, and I only wear this shirt cleaning the car. Dude, where’s my mojo?

Life is short.

So why don’t we all try and and make it like Fleetwood Mac and enjoy the FUN things in life? Music! Parties! Friends! Dancing wildly! God, looking at the band onstage sharing this electric connection and lifetime of memories, I felt so sad that I potentially will look back and remember little more than freezing bananas for a week’s supply of smoothies and knowing what Khloe Kardashian does at the gym.

More and more as I get older and sink further into an existence of early nights and home-made tomato relish, I find myself missing the craziness of my younger days. I miss going to rock concerts and falling in (and out) of love with the lead singer in a matter hours. I miss wearing biker boots and ripped jeans and cutting my own hair. I miss drinking seven bottles of cleanskin red wine in a smoky bar overseas debating the merits of ginger beer. I miss sitting in dirty alleyways and getting stoned and waking up at music festivals with facepaint all over me. I miss being irresponsible and excessive and wild and ratty.

And after seeing Fleetwood Mac on Tuesday night I have now realised none of these things have anything to do with age. They’re just about being cool with it.

I can promise you none of these bad-asses ate veggie scramble for breakfast during their twenties.

Relax. I am not about to throw my laptop out the window and style myself a Fashion Mullet (yes, that’s a thing), but I am going to start heaping up my life with a few more fun things to even out my current white-breads-with-crusts-cut-off existence.

I’m going to start going to see bands again — but no falling in love this time — and get rid of my collection of Shoes With A Sensible Heel. I’m going to get off Facebook and get out of the house, talk to strangers, trawl op shops, and drink wine with wild abandon — which, at 27, just means not counting the calories. Life is too short not to act like a rock star every now and then, right?

See you in the mosh pit.

You might also like…

Em Rusciano on the secret to being cool.

I’m a teacher. Can I still enjoy music that promotes so many things I hate?

What actually happens to the kids who were cool at school.

Tags:
    00:00 / ???