My mothers maiden name was Robinson. This is of no real consequence except that to people stranded on desert islands the name may have some significance. People stranded on desert islands need a certain approach to life if survival is required. Tenacity, determination, and resourcefulness are all valuable qualities for such a situation. The most important personal quality though would be the realization that no-one is coming to help, and to have complete acceptance of this.
Life is like this. The one thing my mother taught me was the fact that we are essentially alone in this world. We are born alone and we will die alone. I don’t think she set out to teach me this, it just sort of happened along the way in the way she was with me. If I had a problem I dealt with it myself. If I had a success I kept it to myself. If I had dreams they were mine and mine alone, never to be shared or appreciated by others. She was like this herself so I guess I just copied what was around me. I learned to be self reliant, to be self sustaining, and to have the clarity of thought to know what I needed without reference to anyone else.
As readers of this blog will know, I have some testing times ahead in my life, with some difficult decisions to be made shortly, and the consequences of those decisions will last the rest of my time on earth. Whichever way I go with this rather annoying health situation I will know that it was ‘my way’, and I will be comfortable with that knowledge. It is the way I have led my life, the way my life has led me.
I am a big fan of quotes and sayings – here’s one of mine:
“Life can be tough or easy, but the only certainty is that you are not going to get out of it alive.”