The best part of growing up is…

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The best part of growing up is…

I was driving to work the other day, listening to a CD from my teenage years. It was a Christian group called 4Him, and quite honestly, they were my first real “favorite” of anything. While my friends were listening to the hipper tunes of groups like DC Talk and the Newsboys, I was enthralled with the four-part harmonies of 4Him. It suited me, I think.

Oh, I was crazy about them. I had posters on my wall, I had all their cassette tapes, and I knew every word to every song. I even had a friend from church who took a calligraphy course and made a door poster for me of the words to one of my favorite 4Him songs. Beautiful!

The group, anyway, was made up of four exceptional vocalists—Andy Chrisman, Marty Magehee, Mark Harris, and Kirk Sullivan. I loved all of them, but I must confess that I was enraptured with half of the group—Andy and Marty. They had these crazy gorgeous voices that couldn’t be compared to anything I’d ever heard from Christian Music before. And it didn’t hurt that I could sing in the same range as them! It was more than loving their voices, though; somehow when I listened to their music, I’d just naturally hear one of their two parts. I am thirty years old, and for most of my life, I’ve been singing 4Him songs to the tune of Marty and Andy’s parts.

Except that as I was driving to work the other day, I heard Kirk Sullivan. I was amazed by his rich, resonant, soulful voice, and suddenly—I was hearing a whole line of harmony that I’d taken for granted since I was a child. And I have to tell you, I like Kirk a lot more than I thought I did!

There’s a point to my sharing all of this with you: The best—and I mean the very best—part of growing up is realizing that you can love new things, new sounds, new images, new ideas, new passions, new people, new music, new (ahem) voices without it diminishing your love for the old. We aren’t static. We, as individuals, are ever learning and growing and changing. Those old passions sometimes carry us throughout our entire lives, but I don’t think they were ever meant to be our only passions!

I told you at the beginning of this endeavor (back in January), that one of my goals for this year was to try something totally new this year. I’m still trying to find out what that might be, but I’m excited to find it because I know that trying something new can only help me to love my other interests and passions more fully.

That’s really the truth of it. And that’s really the greatest part about growing up.

All my love,

Aunt Sarah