Last night I accidentally caught the end of an episode of Desperate Housewives on TV: not something I have ever watched before.
Someone got shot in the chest at the end. As normal, there was red blood on the shirt-front, but no tear in the pristine fabric of the shirt.
Even in successful TV series, people cut corners to save money.
There was much voice-over pseudo-philosophising from his TV wife about how life can be changed in an instant.
But it’s true.
I have slept on my bedroom floor for the last two nights because my back has ‘gone’ again. If I move in certain positions, it is like someone stabbing a Samurai sword into me and twisting it.
It is the result of an accident in 1991 when I got hit by a truck while standing on the pavement. I was walking to the post box with a birthday card for someone I had accidentally met around ten years before; not a friend; just someone I kept in touch with.
If I had not met her and if her birthday had not been on a certain date and if I had not been going to get the last postal collection that day… it would not have happened 21 years ago and I would not have been sleeping on the floor and in quite a lot of pain the last two days.
Same thing with anything.
If the question is Shall I do this? or Shall I not? the answer should always be to do it. Because you can never calculate the ramifications. The more you do, the more possibilities there are.
Although, of course, there is always the danger of the being-hit-by-a-truck ramification.
But no-one can calculate the possibilities. At least if you try to do something, you know the outcome. You may fail, but at least you know the outcome. If you don’t try, you will never know and will always ponder on what might have happened if only… if only…
How do I have the gall to criticise Desperate Housewives for pseudo-philosophising?…
And where did I put that Chinese ointment which sometimes helps me?