On our way back from training my son and I stopped at the traffic lights.
“Papa, is that not the house that belonged to your old Science teacher?”
“Yes son, he was a good teacher”
“Is he still in hospital, how old is he?”
“Yes he is still in hospital, doing well, around 70 I think”.
“No it’s not”.
My Science teacher is more than double my age and retired, although a little unwell, he is coming along very nicely in life. However, it got me thinking that, I am now at the half-way stage until retirement (I will work 70 I think) so what have I achieved so far and what is in store for me down the line?
So while sipping on a cup of coffee that lunchtime, I started categorising my life so far:
[Note: I am 35, not ashamed of that number, may look slightly older as the “grey hair community” have began their invasion on the “black hair community” > no racial overtones please].
Here’s a sneak preview, years 0 – 5, the rest this week, it’s too much reading in one sitting.
Years 0 – 5: After 9 long months floating around in the mother capsule, being protected from the fires around me, I got the call from the outside world that I was required for a mission still unknown to me.
Apart from getting up to no good, always getting into trouble, I don’t remember much. Maybe some time spent at a play scheme, I can vividly recall making some friends, who by the way I still keep in touch with.
Apparently I got lost in India while on a visit to a Holy Shrine, for approximately 10 minutes. Though my parents had given up all hope of finding me (they were hundreds of people around), two very nice chaps (who spotted me with my parents earlier) found me and handed me back. It’s a massive sticking point in my mind, I could have been somewhere else today, adopted by someone, it puts everything into perspective when I look at where I am now.
Most Memorable Achievement > Visiting the Holy City of Amritsar and partaking in the Sikh tradition of having my hair combed.