The normalcy of life

In which my life is a series of fortunate events.

Person drinking a small cup of espresso coffee

There have been times in my life where it has felt completely crazy. I’ve only just started to experience the feeling of a settled life after almost five years of upheaval and constant change. I look around and this period of calm feels almost surreal.

Instead of reacting to anything that life can throw at me I’m starting to plan, the short-termism of the last few years being replaced by a long-term view of what I want to do, or be. I have felt like my life has been in one long sideways skid for so long that now I have straightened it out and got control back I am ready to put my foot on the accelerator again.

That feels odd.

My life has been devoid of truly surreal moments, yet I have no idea what the future holds because the past has been so unpredictable. It’s been a long time since I left school and in that time I have:

  • Been to University to do Microbiology and Zoology and…
    • ..had my halls of residence burn down
    • …dropped out in the first year
  • Worked as a journalist at a local newspaper
  • Got a job in a bank call centre
  • Went back to college to do Media Production
  • Left to go to University (again) to do Communication, Culture and Media degree and…
    • …dropped out again.
  • Left to work at another bank, got promoted
  • Bought my first house
  • Became a fraud analyst
  • Then joined a marketing company as an analyst
  • Got another job with an opticians
  • Moved house
  • Got made redundant
  • Got a bit sad
  • Found a new job checking data somewhere
  • Got introduced to the future Mrs G (who lived 3,000 miles away)
  • Started dating the Future Mrs G
  • Proposed to the Future Mrs G
  • Started work as a Digital Analyst
  • Mrs G moved to the UK from New York
  • We got married
  • We moved house
  • We had a baby
  • Got a new job
  • Got a new job
  • Had another baby
  • Got a new job
  • Moving house again

And this is my life up to date. When it is listed out it looks boring, but living through it has not been. The first half spans 15 years and the second half just five. As a result I have just been coasting, especially at work. I have not had a real promotion in years but now I am ready to work for it. I have been able to coast for so long that now I feel my career needs some impetus.

This is a surreal experience in itself, never before have I sat down and decided what I want to do with my life. I have been too happy to go with the flow and let events take their course, it has served me well. Now I am going to grab the tiller of life and steer my own course. The strangest experience is still yet to come.

Source: Unpredictable

Author: geekergosum

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

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