We all have great times that we fondly look back at, special achievements, fantastic holidays, family occasions, all manner of things to remember. We look back at these times and we realise that they were great.
Something a little bit more rare and precious than those times are what I call ‘perfect moments‘. These are extra special because they are literally moments and when they occur a feeling comes over you and you realise there and then that this is a ‘perfect’ moment.
Often these ‘perfect moments’ are not the obvious ones such as the moment your children were born. While these were incredibly special moments they were tense and worrying so in ways for me they could not be perfect there and then.
These are some of my perfect moments..
I was fourteen and Thin Lizzy were on stage in the City Hall in Cork. Phil Lynott roared “Are you Ready” and he roared it again ..the packed hall erupted, my body trembled and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up..this is a perfect moment.
I was lucky enough to be sitting in the middle of the Danish fans in 1992 on a warm summer’s evening in Gothenburg in Sweden as they were beating the clear favourites Germany 2-1 in the European final. I was sipping on a beer alongside people I barely knew (I was on a junket compliments of Carlsberg), the fans were going bonkers and a feeling crept over me ..this is a perfect moment.
I was in Cuba with Dee and we had gone into the sea for a dip to cool down. The sun was beating down and we were having fun in the water. I picked her up in my warms, and we were laughing and so close …this is a perfect moment.
We were on a magical mystery tour as part of our last day at work after a great year and all of us were to meet in different pubs based on a set of clues. The Oval, our planned destination on South Main Street was closed and the instructions were to head into the nearest one to it. I found myself in Ziggy’s bar with Jonathan and Maire taking turns at picking songs on the jukebox.
My choice, ‘Ain’t no love in the heart of the city‘ the live version by Whitesnake came on. We were having great fun, great chat, the music was great and the barman/ageing rocker with the pigtail enquired..”Who put that song on…great track man“…a perfect moment.
What was yours?
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