I missed most of what happened in the 90's.
I never quite realised to what extent I had until I met Michael. There were things that I had heard about but because I was so isolated most of the time I never came to appreciate.
I was probably one of the last people to know that our ex President Nelson Mandela was released from prison and I only found out about a year after he became president that he was our new president.
I remember people celebrating South Africa winning the Rugby World Cup but I did not know what it meant to us.
I lived in a province called Eastern Transvaal, I noticed heaps of number plates with "MP" on them. I thought all these vehicles were for "Military Police." Eventually I found out that the part of Eastern Transvaal that I lived in was now a new province called Mapumalanga hence the "MP" number plates.
My own fault really. I made really bad choices. Two husbands whom I should never have married fortunately resulted in 3 beautiful daughters which means I can never regret the bad choices. I was a single Mom for most of the time and I was in survival mode throughout the 90's. In those years I did not possess a television set or have time and money for things like movies and music.
Michael would refer to television shows, movies or music that happened in the 90's and I would not know what he was talking about.
After 9 years of being with Michael I have caught up a great deal.
I "discovered" Kurt Cobain a decade after everybody else. My heart strings pulled tight the first time I saw a recording of him live on stage. I felt saddened that his life was so brief but by all accords it seems he was a very troubled and confused young man, ooh but so beautiful.
"Friends" had long disbanded when I saw my first episode.
I saw one movie in the 90's "Titanic" which made Michael groan a little, but I enjoyed it. I have since then "discovered" heaps of fantastic movies, that might of passed me by.
Michael after a while stopped saying, " I can't believe you never heard or saw that."
He started to say, "You missed the 90's"
One of the bands that I only "discovered" a decade later was "The Red Hot Chilli Peppers".
They became one of my favourite bands.
Yesterday by lucky chance I got to see "The Red Hot Chilli Peppers" concert.
This was also a first to for me at the age of 42, I was at my first ever music concert.
It was AWESOME, the opening act was, "Die Antwoord", a incredibly weird and fun South African band. We did not sit down once, we danced throughout the entire performance.
I feel 84 today. Muscles and feet are very sore. Despite that I had a night of pure bliss.