An Interesting Tale of an Ordinary Life

I have lived an absolutely incredibly fascinating life. And so have you. Of course, other people may not think so. They may not buy a book by an ordinary woman but then maybe they would.

I believe that each of us has a tale or two in our past that would amaze or perhaps horrify the general public.  But it was our life and we lived it as best we could. I am inordinately pleased that cell phones did not exist when I was a child. There’s a great deal of my childhood that, although I remember it fondly, I would not like to be reminded of in pictures. Bad hair days meant something completely different than it does today. We are so concerned with appearances that we often forget substance.

And while I was bullied a little bit when I was in my youth it is nothing compared to what children go through now. My bullies looked me in the eye when they were being mean. I had the option to go to my parents and name names. Then respective parents would get together and the bullying stopped.  Nowadays it is done anonymously with the protection of cyberspace and it hits much deeper. It hurts more profoundly. It causes significantly more damage. And the ramifications for being a bully? It’s rare that they’re caught. And that is a sad statement on our society.

I have always been a champion of Human Rights but what happens when those Human Rights interfere with the Individual’s Rights? Is enough, enough? I remember a saying about an old Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times”. Well, we do and yes, it is a bit of a curse. I’ll bet in the next few years there are going to be a number of books written by supposedly famous people about the struggles they survived during The Year of the Pandemic. Obscene amounts of money will exchange hands so that we can read about other people. Probably not terribly interesting people. But they are famous so that makes them readable. They still put their pants on one leg at a time.

I think the most interesting people are the ones who aren’t famous. They’re the ones who go out and get the job done because it’s the right thing to do. The people who show compassion, ingenuity and selflessness simply because that’s the kind of person they are. They don’t go looking for accolades or monetary gain.  They simply keep their eyes open for the next person that would benefit from their assistance. Those are the interesting people.

I think everyone of us has something fascinating we can teach someone else. And I think every other person out there has something I need to know. And that is what makes life so very interesting.  Don’t you think?

38 thoughts on “An Interesting Tale of an Ordinary Life

  1. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections

    Instead of commenting on bullying, I’ll answer your closing question, absolutely! After all, the majority of the people in the world are good. Through barriers of culture, language, dress, religion, skin color, facial features, and more – goodness reigns with the majority. Obviously not through governments and leaders, but through ordinary people.

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  2. Murphy's Law

    If it weren’t for the ordinary people, there would be no extraordinary people. When did “ordinary” become “less than”? Fortunately, our world is made up of mostly ‘ordinary’ people who work silently and diligently behind the curtain to lend a helping hand to those in need. God bless each and every one of them.

    Love your drawing. And she’s a redhead too! 🤗

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  3. joylennick

    I do agree Pamela. Many years ago, one of our three sons was bullied because he wouldn’t agree to throw eggs in the lunch-hour at passing cycllsts. His spoilt ‘best friend?’ was involved so i went to see his mother and it was amicably sorted out. It’s so much more complicated today… x.


  4. Melanie B Cee

    There is a saying about how people come into our lives: For a reason, a season or a time. The first one I interpret as you mention…that they have something to teach us. We can learn a lot about others if we practice listening.

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  5. John Hric

    One leg at time. There is a kilt joke some where in there. However before wandering off or wondering off lets go with profound agreement. Or to put it another way – there is nothing ordinary about ordinary. Good one Pam.

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