Fandango’s Provocative Question

Fandango asks about life changing alternative decisions in Provocative Question #85:

Have you ever had to make what turned out to be a life changing decision? If so, do you ever wish that you could go back in time and make a different decision? What decision was that and how do you think your life would have changed if you’d made a different one?

You know how it is, when you put on your new coat, or sweater, and you notice there’s a thread hanging from a sleeve, and you’re not sure whether to pull it out or whether you’ll find your new coat, or sweater, coming apart at the seams?

Well, that’s what you have to bear in mind whenever you think you ought to have taken a different road in life. The life you have now will come apart.

The upside of this is, you really wouldn’t know it. How do you know you haven’t been granted the wish to change a previous course you’d taken? Imagine that you’ve decided retrospectively not to take a course in computer sciences. Now you’re a historian, or maybe a history teacher in some backwater suburban school.

Maybe, if you’d persevered with learning the guitar, you could be a has-been rock star now, getting dressed for your ex-drummer’s funeral. Or, maybe busking for small change before heading over to Gracie’s house to listen to her mangle Morning Has Broken and making encouraging noises to please her mother. She may give you a Christmas bonus this year. She didn’t last year.

Maybe you’d suddenly find yourself dead already. Wouldn’t that be a mistake. No going back on that life altering wish, receipt or no receipt.

When all’s said and done, this life hasn’t turned out so bad. Sure, it could be worse.

Truthful Tuesday

It’s confession time for Thoughts and Theories: Truthful Tuesday:

Is there something that you like or love now that you used to dislike, hate, or at the very least, have no opinion of before? Or perhaps there is something you now dislike, hate, or maybe even loathe that before you liked, loved, adored, or at least had no opinion of? In either case, or both cases if you so choose, what changed your mind?

Music. Both answers!

Growing up, youth culture was very partisan: you either loved pop music or rock music; you didn’t like the other. No one mentioned classical, folk or jazz: these weren’t even on the radar (although I secretly liked the Oscar Peterson Show on the BBC). Then pop music evolved into Disco. That was truly the pits.

Now, I really appreciate listening to some of those disco classics, largely because rock died here somewhere along the way (thanks, Johnny Rotten) and music opened up a lot after that. By that time, I was listening to all sorts and without prejudice.

Yet, some of those rock songs I bought as a kid, I can’t see what I saw in them. Almost all of Led Zeppelin’s songs, for example. What’s the big deal?

Of course, I have a lot more to compare it with now: all that came before it and everything afterwards. Sideways too: different sounds from far off places, unavailable in the day. If only I knew about it when I was a kid.