A friend just asked me to see a movie. I declined, not only because it was going to be a late night and I work tomorrow morning, but probably moreso because I don’t have the money for it. And I was going on the fact that I don’t have $10 to spend, but the reality of it is that movie tickets cost more than $10 these days. Depending on where you go and if they are 3D (but why?), they can be somewhere around $12-$15. I remember when the expensive movies cost $4 and the cheapies were a dollar.
It led me to the thought that I’ve been having so many times lately — I can’t believe how expensive everything has gotten. Candy bars are the most evident of these — they’re smaller and cost a dollar (sometimes a little more). I remember them being much bigger and costing about $.50. I’m just stuck at $.50 in my mind. That’s what a candy bar costs.
I can’t believe that cigarettes cost $10 a pack. I started smoking and they were two dollars and then five. I think I might have been done when they were about five. But again, that’s where they stay in my mind. Ten dollars? I don’t know how people smoke. Or drink. I go out with my co-workers sometimes and I’m shocked at how much their often simple drinks cost. How are people managing to drink anymore? I’d just have to constantly carry a flask. Hopefully, that won’t be an issue anymore.
I don’t really feel old a lot, but when I realize that there are these things that used to cost a certain price in my mind and now they are much more expensive, I just wonder what that means. I just see the time slipping away and wonder why I can’t let go of some of these things. Does my dad think about the time when gas was a dollar a gallon? Does he think about it frequently?
I just hope I can strive to live in the present, for what is gone is gone and is no more.