Shit Happens

Write a letter to your 100-year-old self.

Shit did happen and look where it got you Just look where you’re at. Batting 100 and counting.

Never thought it did you? Never particularly wanted it either I know. But shit happens. Remember the time you tried to kill yourself back in your earliest 20s and woke up screaming at the Doctor in A&E to get the **!!!** tubing out your mouth. Remember accusing him of trying to kill you with that thing? You were always a bit of an -^^- as most people will certify.

Anyways you are still around and perhaps quite a few of your age peers (or is it peerage?) are gone. Bet you miss them. Bet you can’t remember some of them. Bet you wonder why in God’s name you had to be me and not some fabulously rich thrill-seeking business-owning healthy world-class dancer or model with never a real problem. Instead you got me, the too-serious, too-straight, too-sensible fun-loving but not daring person. What a laugh. At least you knew how to be happy, and enjoyed some really special moments.

Remember when a guy tried to rape you when you were a young teen? Remember what happened to him? Remember how it took you all of a week or less to shrug off the unreal shame some tried to project on to you? And you on yourself? Remember passing your exam with a flourish that term and strutting your determined way from school to playground to sports club? Remember getting blamed and punished for something one of our cousins did? Remember how that felt?

Remember the great days, the great shows? Remember the laughter? Remember the pain and tears when things went belly-up at the end?

Remember when you and your daughter finally met up again and all the wonderful years you enjoyed as old misunderstanding and miscommunications were cleared away? Remember the tears of relief and joy?

Remember that shit happens, but you’ve been through and overcome all of it.

Hope that now you’ve hit the grand 100 you’ll finish break the mold as you’ve been trying to do for the past 50 or so years, and finally be the you that is in you. You know, the one you were always itching to be, the one you would have created for yourself, the one that, in fact, would be more of a risk-taker, the one so contrary to your nature that your mouth sort of drops in admiration. Not the one you truly are. Not the me that at 100 is still hoping to do a bungee jump or take a ride in a jet-pack. Not the me that at 100 STILL has a flaming Bucket List!!

Get a move on for chrissees sake. Think you have another 100 in you or what?

Even if you do, remember that shit happens. The rockets fell and the meteors struck and other stuff wreaked havoc, but you are still around.

Shit Happens. Still…Life. Goes.On.



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