It is Saturday, and as Hubby doesn’t work I like to sit with him while we drink our coffee and read. I read two very interesting, and very different articles this morning. The first was about a book a Portuguese man wrote about how he feels “Britons were drunk, dirty and deplorable”. He goes on to say that after living and studying in England for 25 years, this is his impression of the people. There are some people agreeing with him, to a point. But it made me think, “what kind of people did this guy chose to hang out with?”
Living in the States we will see the “drunk, dirty and deplorable” in many different parts of the country. Just as you will see in the UK, and I am sure in Portugal as well. But, that doesn’t mean we all live that way, or more importantly chose to live that way. So why did he chose to surround himself with this type of people for 25 years? He complained about how the water temperature in the University communal showers are set to warm or hot, there is no cold. He is upset that he doesn’t have the choice to have a cold shower! This makes the country a bad place? Oh, did I mention he is a cosmologist, renowned for his work towards demonstrating that the speed of light is variable? He also never mentioned having a family, or children. So it would seem to me he was living the single life, in the city. So what did he expect?
This man took the time, energy, money, and resources to write a book in Portuguese just to complain about how bad the Brits are. What a waste . . . I was disgusted. It had nothing to do with being English, it had to do with being a human being. My first reaction was to get on board and bash him, but that just gives him more notoriety. Hence I don’t mention his name, or link to his book. But then I found the second article, which I will link to – “And So There Must Come an End”
This is a read that will tug at your heart and wash away the disgust of the idiot cosmologist. Charlotte “Charley” Kitley has written a blog for The Huffington Post UK for the past year. She had Stage 4 Bowel Cancer, and passed away on September 16th. This is her last post.
After reading Charley’s post the cosmologist’s petty complaints are just that, petty. He has so much growing up to do. Life is too short to worry about things like the temperature of your shower water, or how someone else keeps their home. You need to keep the ones you love close, tell them you love them, and not care a single bit about the guy out there who has nothing better to do with his day but to bash what he doesn’t understand. Now, I just feel sad for him.
My house is nearly always cluttered, but it is clean underneath. We don’t drink a lot, but will raise a pint or two in celebration. And there are times when we get so silly and crazy around here that my side aches from laughing so hard. If that makes us bad people, that I like being that kind of bad.
I will spend my time loving my family and not caring what those that judge may think. As Charlie said, “. . . enjoy life. Take it by both hands, grab it, shake it and believe in every second of it.” XXX