Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.
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Do you think the child you were would be impressed by the person you’ve become?
I don’t know about impressed; I think surprised would be a more appropriate reaction.
As a child, when I thought about what I would do with my life, writing never featured on my radar (there’s a clue about what I wanted to do).
I didn’t enjoy school and couldn’t wait to leave. I had decided that I was going to sea and I was going to see the world. I wanted to be a ship’s Captain, one day. I knew it might be tough, that there would be parts of it that I wouldn’t like,
But, when I eventually went to sea, the thing that I found I hated the most wasn’t the separation from home life for months at a time. It wasn’t the long hours or the rough weather or everything that I had to learn, it was something completely unexpected.
It was having to write letters home and describe where we had been and what we had done that filled me with dread. I had difficulty scribbling more than a page, it all seemed to prove that my teachers were right and that I was incapable of expressing myself on paper.
After seeing so many wonders (in the 1970s the world was a different place), I felt guilty for not being able to describe them to my family and friends, who hadn’t.
Little did I realise what would come next, years later. I must have been storing the experiences up in my head, generating ideas and letting them mature until they were ready.
So, to answer the question, I think that the teenage me would be as amazed as my old English teachers to find that I can, in fact, string more than a few words together and keep them making sense. And that I’ve done it more than twenty times. Even more amazing is the fact that people I’ve never met have complimented me on that ability.
As for the whole Captain thing, that’s another story. Let’s just say that I did far more with a ship than my younger self ever expected I would.
Until next time.
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