Is it just us? We’ve come to accept and appreciate our somewhat quiet life, at least for the moment…
“May you live in interesting times” is often referred to as the Chinese curse. By its usual definition “interesting” is not a term I would often use to describe my life.
Interesting adj. engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity
Dull. Yes, that’s more like it.
But, thankfully dull. Occasionally the G.O. and I will call each other during the work day. Mostly the chat goes like this “Any news?” “Nup” “You?” “Nup” “No news is good news” “Yep”… We rarely have any life changing, earth shattering News of our own. That’s ok by us.
But, there were “interesting times” happening within our wider circle of family, friends and acquaintances during the few weeks the G.O. and I were going about the business of getting our ducks lined up.
One [reportedly] experienced a dramatic and untidy end of a relationship because their other-half may have indulged in a bit of slap and tickle, which ended up being a bit of slap, tickle and tinkle as speedily alerted to the dastardly deed one found some handy bricks and applied them forcefully & generously to the windows.*
One, similar age to me suffered a stroke, has recovered and is now slowly on the mend.
One announced via a group email legal separation from their longstanding spouse.
One confided fears over family member’s change in behaviour evidenced by the acquisition of a Harley Davidson and numerous tattoos.
One is grieving a spouse after a lost battle with illness.
One is distressed by lending a family member a substantial wad of cash only to have it applied contrary to the intended purpose.
One recently explained lack of communication after moving interstate with news of relationship and subsequent nervous breakdowns, and although moved back resultant ongoing health issues necessitate a disability pension.
One subject to ongoing mediation due to as yet unfounded allegations of workplace bullying now has stress related illness and workers compensation claim.
On the bright side…
One is pregnant.
One gave birth to a son after 2 daughters.
One after going through IVF and dealing with serious health issues gave birth to premature but healthy twin daughters.
Serving to remind us “There but for the grace of God…” the timing directed our considerations also to “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans” when assessing the use by date on engagement with our city workaday life. It’s practical, it’s useful but it’s not challenging or ultimately the lifestyle we desire, and life comes with no guarantees.
Having involuntarily had a few interesting times ourselves in past lives enroute to our current and harmonious relationship we know we’re not immune. And, as we’ve experienced vicariously and a little unnervingly these past few weeks, life takes unexpected twists and turns.
It’s best not to put off your dreams for too long.
The timing of putting together this post collided with the awful news of the Boston Marathon bombing and the Waco, Texas explosion… the worst of times… my heart goes out to everyone touched by these events.
*Later information reveals the source of this info got it slightly wrong, and it is the “interesting” version of what really happened.