If you could, would you?
“Of course,” some may reply.
Mmmmm, I’m not so sure.
I was applying my make-up this morning, seriously considering that if I have to use many more primers, plumpers or smoother-outers I’m going to have to start the night before, when the thought of a concealer for life came into my head, then, even better, an airbrush.
My mind quickly started rifling through my memories, selecting those for the eraser of all things bad, the sad stuff and the cock-ups.
But none of our actions happen in isolation. If, along with the bad stuff, some of the high points of your life went too, would you still go ahead?
I know I wouldn’t.
My tough times have taught me about personal strength, the power of forgiveness ( of myself and others), the kindness of strangers and that the love of family and friends is the most important thing in my life.
And as for my high points, I wouldn’t swap one of them for all the air-brushing in Hollywood!!
How many times, especially this last year to eighteen months, with all that is going on in the world, have I bemoaned what has/is to become of mankind?
I have lost count.
Where have all the decent folk gone?
Answer – wait until you need them and they are there.
Don’t give up on the world or the people in it. There is more to be “Glad” about than you may thInk right now.
Life isn’t about stretching from one high point to another, but about finding worth in the twists and turns.
I always appreciated the goodness of the people in my life, but now they are carrying me through what could be termed a low point, sharing their strength, their love and compassion, allowing me to find the worth of where I am now.
Wasn’t it Oscar Wilde who waxed lyrical about “Youth being wasted on the young.” He sounds embittered whereas I feel sorry for young people; not just todays young’uns, but for the youth of every generation.
I know all stages of life have that double-edged sword aspect, but the angst and self-doubt of my teens, twenties and even thirties blinded me to the opportunities and energy that were within my grasp. Is that what nature does; she gives you the wisdom and self-awareness of middle age and saps your drive to maximise their benefits. We grow into ourselves just as our bodies start to creek and groan with the passing years.
Is it all just a see-saw of gains and losses? Yes, on all levels.
New technology gives us speed and ease of access in communication and yet so many more of us report feeling isolated. Air travel is common place for most and yet the flight is usually a fraction of the time it takes to get to the airport, get through security, and cope with the delays etc. Our houses have every labour-saving device our grandmothers could have hoped for and every gadget to prepare a healthy and nutritious diet, but we have less time for friends and family and, for most of us, eat less home prepared food than ever before.
So, are we ever any further on than of predecessors? No.
Until time travel is invented future generations will go through the same growing pains me, my parents and their parents did. The scenery and specifics may morph but they will remain centered around those insecurities that haunted us all.
But what about the upside of youth; the energy, strength and enthusiasm. They don’t know the limits, so why are we imposing ours on them?
I am not making this up!
A gang have stolen £200k worth of Toblerone chocolate from a lorry, as reported in “The Telegraph”. Just in case anyone that knows me is about to call the police let me first say,
“I have an alibi!”
And just for the record, £23k worth of whiskey was stolen on another occasion by the same gang, so I might have to turn some of my friends in on this one.
It brings to mind the time my friend’s house was burgled. It was horrible and they took a lot of things she could never replace; really heartbreaking.
One thing stood out though, the ironing board! They stole her ironing board!
When I saw the report of the chocolate theft I imagined a “Sopranos” type scenario, only instead of a fur coat or diamond ring, Tony brings home a bottle of whiskey, a bar of chocolate and an ironing board! Love to see Carmella’s face!