Let me begin by saying I am not a huge Greenday fan. I’m not some emo punk or anything like that. I’m just a normal mid-twenties woman. Very average. “Time of Your Life” was an extremely popular song during my formative years. It was always on the radio. My best friend at the time was a girl named Sam. She and I used to stay out all night when we were 18 and 19, and we would have all these crazy adventures. She always drove because I didn’t have a car. She had a rule in her car that whoever was in the car had to listen to what she wanted to listen to on the radio. She liked Greenday. Not a huge fan, mind you, but if Greenday was on, she would listen to it, and force anyone else in the car to do the same. Not that I minded Greenday. She did listen to a few doozies, though.
One morning, as the sun was rising, after a crazy night of ridiculous adventures, Greenday’s “Time of Your Life” came on the radio as she was driving me home. For some reason, at that time more than any other, the lyrics really hit me as something perhaps more profound than they actually are.
Regardless of whether trite or profound, the song always takes me back to that time of my life. I had a lot of fun during my formative years. I made a lot of stupid decisions and made a lot of dumb mistakes. I never had any regrets, though. Through it all, I thouroughly enjoyed myself.
The point of this tirade isn’t really to praise a pop song. We all have a particular song that causes us to turn up the radio and sing along at the top of our lungs. The song that, even though we’ve arrived at our destination, we stay in the car with our radio on, just until the final chord has rung its last. This article is about that song.