The Soundtrack to My Life No 3: Beverley Hill 90210

It’s the nineties, it’s Saturday evening, it’s about to start

Da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da

Da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da

It’s Beverley Hills 90210

I loved watching that show. I didn’t care that I was in my late 20s and they were young teenagers (casting directors thought I was in my late teens anyway - just saying), I loved the adventures of Brandon and Brenda, and Dylan and Steve, and Kelly and Andrea,  and Donna and the young boy who used to hang around them (can’t remember his name). A bunch of (mainly) spoiled rich kids whose lives were made ‘better’ when the Walsh family, middle class, down to earth, brimming with morality came into their midst.

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The untimely death of Luke Perry, who played the cool Dylan, at the age of 52 was shocking to hear. Did he misuse drugs or alcohol? Was he ill? We ask, not out of concern for him but in order to justify how such a thing can happen and why. The kids of Beverley Hills 90210 circa  1990 represented possibility for us. We were older than them but not old, definitely not as old as the Walsh parents. We’re older now, than the parents were. We feel the possibilities dwindling and Luke Perry’s sudden passing serves as a harsh reminder that time and tide wait for no one. Life is short and getting shorter for those of us in midlife. We may have another 30-40 years, but let’s be frank, morbid as it may sound there are no guarantees.

The message?

If there’s something you keep putting off or constantly talk about with no follow through, if you’re waiting for the fear to go away before you act or waiting for approval from those around you - ask yourself, if not now, then when?