Hugh Paxton’s blog rather frequently does things that scare me! Scare everybody in the vicinity! But by and large these incidents provide entertainment, memories, topics for conversation, excruciating agony, morning after “Did that really happen?” wake ups, and a general feeling that while there are many things to complain about, being bored isn’t one of them! The Girl’s latest blog post could be seen as a trifle dismal but having read it a couple of times I think not. Rather positive I would say. Life isn’t a choice we are born with. We are born and we are stuck with it. We have good times, bad times, and then sooner or later we die. If there is a meaning to life I have yet to find it. Nor do I seek it. I leave that to people who believe in heaven and hell and virgins in a garden with wine and running streams. Well, really! How likely is all that?
I generally enjoy being alive. I enjoy other people being alive (in some cases). Robert Mugabe, his equally repulsive wife, ISIS, Julius Malema – there are quite a few people I could happily watch die, ideally in excruciating agony. Staked out in a searing desert smothered in honey by a fire ant colony with a mug of sulfuric acid and one of those highly dubious Thai chocolate bars that taste like cardboard drenched in synthi-sugar for refreshment. I guess they’d probably feel the same way about me. So fair enough.
I’m not very interested in self help books. I read one. It was all about how to write a best seller. The obvious question that occurred after page two was why hadn’t the author actually written one. And why had I just bought his book for ten pence at a jumble sale in Beaconsfield. I don’t stick motivational messages on my mirror or fridge encouraging me to accomplish things. My worst enemy isn’t me. Never has been. I’m quite an arrogant bastard I suppose. But in her post TheGirl addresses people who aren’t me (which, let’s face it, is probably for the best!) People who do face challenges and are daunted by them. Real people with real feelings, doubts, self doubts, problems, yes…challenges! And potential. Hope. Courage. All that stuff! Quite frankly this is one of the best posts from TheGirl in recent months. I’m not knocking her other posts. They are all good and spoken (written) from the heart and with a frankness and willingness to share personal experience that is endearing. She addresses some important issues in her writing today. She has taken the time and made the effort to share her thoughts and be helpful. Make the world and life a bit more cheerful. So, good for her!
From: TheReporterandTheGirlMINUSTheSuperMan! [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, May 30, 2016 7:11 AM
Subject: [New post] Doing the Things that Scare You
|TheGirl posted: "We all know that life has its challenges at every stage. And while not all challenges are equal (the problem of having to evacuate your home due to war or natural disaster versus not being able to pay a credit card bill) they do make us who we are and can"