“LONG TIME BETWEEN DRINKS”

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said.typewriter
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
These past months..well just over 12 to be exact, have not been the easiest of times. Much has happened and I am not going to bore you with the details, suffice to say that loosing dear friends and colleagues almost on a weekly basis in February of this year, was just about the last straw.. but, I digress..let’s go back somewhat and review the past year..
A hard and certainly interesting year..
Friends, work mates all made redundant..Facing the reality of life on the heap.. Myself included…
People wanting to change and mould us into something we are not…to conform with their culture..
I grew up in an industry that had “Ethics” there were, as my mentor used to say, 3 sides to every story. “Yours, Theirs & The Truth”. I wrote a number of stories, telling it..
“As I See It” I have no regrets as everything that I said,I believe and still do..I am far from finished and will not be silenced by those that want a softer approach as we all have to fall in line.. No, not going to happen.. Freedom of speech is still very much alive and well and I shall continue to tell it “As I See It”
I turned 60 in November last year and at that point did the little health check that we all do, somewhere between the 40th and the 60th year..
I’m not talking medical here, although I did do that too..
I’m talking about where and what I have achieved in the past 40 years since loosing my legs.. I am proud of my achievements. Surviving the odds and having a pretty good career. Many said it could not be done…well,I did it!
I became friends with many people from all walks of life, may have even motivated a few along the way.. Did not have to go fly an aeroplane, or bum my way up the Kokoda track, climb a mountain, or sail around the world to prove who I was and to have people say “Wow! isn’t he amazing!”
I learned from a dear friend that it is all about attitude.. Mine is POSITIVE!
Sure, I made lots of mistakes and will admit to that…worked hard, played hard (didn’t we all?)
Somewhere along the way, I stepped off that bus..Just didn’t want to be part of the norm.. Sick of having people try to change me because I was ‘different’ and had no legs.. Yep..didn’t fit into that mould!! Never have..never will. Life is about living and continually learning!
Here’s the thing. It’s easy! I love it. I enjoy living in this age as a 61 year old (well in November!) As they say, we are the new 30..take a look around..Style music career and attitude..all changed. Admittedly at first it was not an easy thing for a lot of people, but as more and more broke free from the bonds of boring normality, others began to see just how free they were. Taking up new challenges, Yoga, Kayaking, Triathlons, Study just a couple of examples. Sadly it is not everyone over 60 that is able to do this…The hidden disease Dementia and of course Cancer has taken its toll and sadly will continue to do so.. seeing folk younger than me wasting away in a resthome saddens me.. The way they are treated and just left to rot is a crime..
“Do not blame it on the system”, someone once said to me.. “Look at the families first!”
But, I have digressed. All of these thoughts have swum around in my head over the past months filling my mind like a bath tub.. Thank God, I found the plug..I pulled it and let it all drain out…”Free the mind…cleanse the soul” I shouted..It felt good and still does.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson said…
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

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