This is my stream of conscious for today.
When I think back on my life, which I have to point out is getting longer by the day, I have experienced a bit of this and that as I’ve gone along.
You could equate my this and that with ups and downs, with good and bad times and I don’t think I’m any different to anyone else in saying that.
I try and imagine how it could have been any different if the people who impacted on me as I grew up, who terrorised me in relationship and who thrilled me as a parent had been any different but then I’d have a whole different this and that to talk about wouldn’t I.
So my lot in life is what it is.
You could argue that in terms of “getting” anywhere in life I have been a failure. I never achieved fame, I didn’t write anything anyone remembers, unless you count the notes I left and were preserved in the boys toilet, third cubicle, back in sixty-seven.
In employment I started at the bottom of the food chain and successfully stayed there my entire career, passed over on numerous occasions.
As a father I did have some success, a bit more than the usual humdrum of the ‘this and that’. That I sired six children could be seen as both a success and an act of stupidity as it did bring me childbearing years of poverty.
But thankfully for me they are my success in life so just as you are no doubt thinking of me as one of life’s cellar-dwellers they are something I am extraordinarily proud of so take that.
This then is where my mind has taken me in dealing with this week’s “this and that”.