IT’S GOING TO BE A BUMPY RIDE – Marilyn Armstrong

Life is a road which urgently needs repaving. It’s full of pot-holes, rocks, broken branches, quicksand, and mud. It’s amazing how anyone can navigate the distance. What makes repaving plans tricky is no two people travel the same road.

There are far too many roads. All of them need grading and paving.

Okay, sure, sometimes paths cross … even run side-by-side occasionally for miles — years — at a time. But even when they cross or run parallel, they aren’t one road.

It’s like a family with three kids. Say you’ve got an older brother and a younger sister. Your brother becomes a businessman and lives a pretty normal life.

Your sister discovers her own version of chaos theory. She proceeds to live a life of crisis and yeah, chaos. Not theory, but the real deal. As for you, you’re not entirely sane, but compared to your sister, you’re solidly grounded and compared to your brother, you’re a wild child. That’s worrisome because you know how much weird stuff is going on in your head.

All three kids had the same parents. As far as anyone knows, you also all had (more or less) the same upbringing.

So, I guess that road is going to stay uneven. Life will continue to be unfair. It will leave many of us looking skyward, searching for answers and sometimes, for questions.

We have great parents, crappy lives. Horrible parents, amazing lives. That’s just life. Infinitely variable, lumpy, bumpy, and charmingly uneven.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

12 thoughts on “IT’S GOING TO BE A BUMPY RIDE – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. We get our genes from our parents; our home environment can vary considerably from one home to the next – even in the same street, but our personality has a mind all of it’s own! 🙂 How it constructs it’s version of reality and makes the choices it makes is beyond logical determination.

    We just have to live with it.

    We do not, however, have to live with ‘customer service’.

    2 rules when trying to deal with it:

    1. Put everything you want them to know down in writing and keep a copy.
    2. Get anything they tell you put in writing and make sure you have the copy before you put the phone down/leave the counter.

    And when all else fails report it to a current affairs program if you want any action taking. 🙂

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