If you could capture and hold onto just one moment of your life, what would that be?
I know for most of us there are many not-so-great moments and it’s often hard to hold onto that truly wonderful snapshot. I was on the plane coming home yesterday from Puerto Rico – great place – and looking out the window thinking just that – what moment in time was the greatest, the best?
It’s summer now, so I think for so many of us this is that time of year when things seem a bit uplifting.
And so I thought about the good things. It’s hard to narrow it down to just one, but if I had to? I’ve never fathered a baby so that’s not an option. However seeing my nephews playing tennis and looking so happy, expecting to have a life not nearly as rocky as mine or their dads – that’s a pick.
I thought about when I got to interview my all time favorite hero, Muhammad Ali. I sure have that one tucked away in a special place. At the time I was in a packed hotel lobby in L.A. for the films premiere party, a roped off area, in my tux, mic in hand, and seated next to me was THE GREATEST. We had that one on one for maybe 20 minutes. That was such a fantastic snapshot in my life.
Another one for me had to be my wedding day.
With my beautiful wife-to-be Connie Parker coming down the aisle at the Fairmont in a gorgeous gown with her mom and dad. She looked like an angel. A happier moment for her may never come. Until maybe she has a baby. Sadly that won’t be with me because we divorced. But that was a nice life snapshot and I have the photo next to my bed to this day.
Or maybe it was opening the box and seeing my book, THE KING OF STING in print for the first time. Forever that book will be out there. That was a feel-great moment for me. Perhaps another was the phone call from my agent in 1982 saying,"Craig CBS just made us a nice offer on your life story, can you fly out here and make this deal?"
Wow that got my juices flowing.
Another big one was again "lost love."
I had been trying for a year to get my best girl, Terri Gatewood to come back to LA and live with me, marry me and live happily ever after. Finally she accepted. It was 1983 and we went to the beach in Malibu. She walked off a ways and then began jogging towards me in her bathing suit. As if in slow motion. And I thought then, "Man, I am so damn lucky to have a lady like that."
Terri and Connie were the two most important women in my life and I failed them both.
And that’s something I will always regret.
I’m not trying to make this about me, I’m just just giving examples so you will think of your SNAPSHOT. The one moment you want to take with you forever.
We all have many, but THE ONE…it’s not easy to sort it out, but you will. Think about it for a time. I did.
In the end, my moment that both haunts me and lifts my spirit won’t be one any of you would have.
No, its not Hollywood but I hope there are more Hollywood moments left for me. Something like, "Craig, they greenlighted King of Sting." That could be the moment, but right now that hasn’t yet happened. Maybe it never will – I don’t know.
For now, it’s this bittersweet snapshot:
I’m leaving the weight pile at Lompoc prison, I take off my gloves – the ones I’ve worked out with for more than four years – and I place them over the ends of each dip bar. I turn and walk away…my last moment in prison. I walked out to freedom and would get to start my life over again. Freedom and hope for the future.