Sue G posted a comment, for which I thank her, on the last post but one, 'Hello again.' I did reply but I have been considering her words and think a longer reply is needed. She says, "I couldn't understand why you went to Blackpool in the first place, it seems very out of character to your normal nice outings,"
It was the last half of the sentence which started the little wheels in my head in motion. Sue has been following my blog for a while so she has built up a picture in her mind as to the type of person I am, as most people will have. I am a little perturbed that I may have built up a personna of being normal, so if I do anything out of the ordinary it is seen as out of character.
I actually strive to be different. I follow my instincts, and I relish the idea of peaks and troughs in life, so my character tells me to do things which are not normal. I don't like things that are on an even keel, and can't stand repetition which I see as stagnant, going nowhere, and boring.
But what is normal? When Sue says, 'normal nice outings', I take that to mean where I have been many times before and where I will probably always go. This concerns me a bit because it infers that I am becoming predictable, and I don't like that. She expects me to go somewhere nice, and in character, and when I do the opposite it puts a spanner in the works. It's good that she questions my actions.
So why did I go to Blackpool? Throughout my life I have never been blinkered, I have never gone in the same direction as the masses, preferring to make my own way and make my own decisions. I have a hunger for learning although I am not very well educated. I have a need to understand different situations, to understand why, how, what, when, never to take anything at face value and always question. And the best way to do that is put yourself into different situations, places where you would not normally enter. The curiosity in me tells me I need to find out and understand.
Do not be afraid of stepping into the unknown, you don't know what it will be like till you get there. If things don't work out how you expect then move on. Life is very much like a journey. If the road ahead is long and straight and boring, then turn off, divert, try a new route, explore pastures new.
The green tranquil countryside is where I love best, but to always go there and not try anything different would be boring. That's why I like to visit cities as well, to experience the contrast. Because looking at contrasts means learning, and my eyes and ears are open to all.