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Sennen Revisited: I Envy Those Who Leave No Wasted Years In Their Wake

Sennen Revisited: I Envy Those Who Leave No Wasted Years In Their Wake


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  • Ah, but how do you calculate wasted years? We all have wasted years, whether we seek to avoid them or not - only the self-deceiving believe that these years are in any way under our control. These people may achieve success, in conventional terms; but are forever ignorant of the reality of other people's lives, in which the element of choice never existed. And I don't envy them at all, because most of them will have learned bugger all with sparkly bells on - define 'wasted', Steve .... before you apply the term. Well there you are - a challenge; what a complete pain inth' backside...... Sorry, I know this is mostly faffing about - it's just that the older I get, the more sensitive I am to remarks about 'wasted' years, given I haven't got that many left! I wasted some 40 years, by some reckoning, working for a political party and the NHS - but then who calculates what was wasted? Would I have done better to simply serve myself? Financially, yes, absolutely - but if I reached my present age thinking that's ALL I'd ever done, with a big fat mortgage behind me and an even fatter pension..... there just wouldn't have been any point,would there? You never thought that the posting of a quite simple picture would have led to a response of this vast length, I realize.... Sorry about that. Still like the painting, though!

    Posted by Robert Jones, N.A.P.A. on Sat 02 Nov 19:26:21
  • Phew...Glad you like the painting Robert, as for the title. I was feeling whimsical one day as I watched my son and daughter in the surf without a care in the world. 'Wasted' is a state of mind that the young don't feel. They're too busy living in the now which negates the past, I like that. All the best, Steve.

    Posted by steve strode on Sat 02 Nov 21:25:57
  • Yersss - as you were. Like, as I said, the painting. Not sure it deserved the effusion of faux-philosophy (well, I'm sure it didn't). But this is what you get when you apply a title inviting comment; I bet you won't do THAT again! We have many surfers down here, who visit the local coast - they come from all over the world: I wonder how they finance themselves, but it seems they can ... are they living their lives, or just passing time? Avoiding wasted years. or indulging in them? Is this more or less important than working for, say, an international bank, finance house, major consultancy? I have absolutely no answers to these questions: but, if I had a son or grandson (as it is, I have a nephew and niece) I'd much rather they enjoyed and fulfilled themselves in broadly artistic pursuits than sold their intellects to investment banking.

    Posted by Robert Jones, N.A.P.A. on Sat 02 Nov 21:31:39
  • Love the painting, live one day at a time , yesterday has gone, tomorrow isn't here yet.

    Posted by karyl Quigley on Sun 03 Nov 08:57:42
  • I think this is just lovely. I love the colours and textures and I daren't say anything about the title.

    Posted by Dawn Broughton on Sun 03 Nov 21:50:42
  • Cheers Carol and Dawn, All the best, Steve.

    Posted by steve strode on Mon 04 Nov 08:27:45