To paraphrase a great Scottish hero (Billy Connolly), “Life is not all sweeties and sand shoes.”
Shocking perhaps but true non the less.
You might have noticed among the elderly a general withering of the softening the reply filter. Their answers may be somewhat abrupt, cranky or perhaps rude. I prefer to think of their replies to questions put as being direct and to the point. Something we’ve shied away from in this oh so bubble wrapped, rounded corner world we’ve created.
Simply put, they’re tired of answering the same stupid questions over and over.
Yeah, them and me both.
I think my favorite question asked of anybody who has made it in their particular venue, be it business, sports or entertainment is, “What do you think has made you so successful?” And when the icon in question replies, Hard work, dedication to the task and luck.” The dick with the mike goes…
“No really, was it your childhood?” Or some other such bullshit.
Because who the hell wants to believe that success is linked to hard work and lots of it. I mean it all smacks of effort doesn’t it. Makes me tired thinking of it. Doesn’t make it any less of a truth though does it.
But truth is hard to take. I see it all the time. Somebody asks a question you give a reasoned well thought out and true to your experiences answer and nine times out of ten you see them gravitate towards the answer that offers hope as opposed to experience. This is the human condition. “It can’t happen to me that way, I’ll be fine, it’ll all work out.” And sure, it might but don’t you think that looking at what can go wrong or what the real thing can look like should be given a look as well?
And believe me, I know I’m barking up a dead dog’s ass here. It’s a quixotic moment if there ever was one but seriously, if you didn’t want to hear the truth.
Then why the fuck did you ask the question in the first place?