JD’s big on the significance of numbers and I know a couple of astrologers too. For me – and I think I’ve blogged on this before – the years with a 3 or an 8 on the end, looking back over the previous four decades, have been uncannily traumatic. I don’t know why it should have been so but it’s been so.
There’ve been many significant years other than that but the traumatic ones seem to fall on the 3 and the 8. What made it worse was that in the years leading up to them, things were pretty much of a muchness or even doing well. In one decade, I was in a socio-economic position you might term B2 and suddenly I was D2 or E and had lost my family. I came back up to a B2 and ran three cars, then guess what – it was all lost again.
Some readers might remember that while my economic status was way down after 12 years in Russia, the socio was still pretty high and all seemed pretty straightforward. Along came 2008 and I was spiralling down into a vortex, only stopping further descent in early 2009 back in England. Loss of my mother, loss of relationships and family, loss of country – all of those have happened in those 3 and 8 years, with no exceptions.
With 2013 upon us, I thought the nexus might have been broken – there were prospects and it looked up. Two days ago, I received two bulky sets of papers through the mail and here we go again. Tomorrow I’ll make a start on trying to sort out the mess but suffice it to say that blogging is not a huge priority at this time. So things are going to be pretty erratic and unless a writer or two agrees to post something at OoL, it will become a ghost blog, kept alive for now by Julia.
Priorities? One tends to change them at such times – people close to me are first, finishing the novella [now 70% there] and posting it is second and have to say it’s providing a few surprises of its own, RL issues come next and then blogging. I’m dropping all else, unfortunately, for now.
That’s me but I’ve noticed many fellow bloggers are also having a hard time and I received a message from a reader today that his world had fallen through again, so it seems to be the season for it. One of my closest people has lost internet and that’s a killer. Some have come back to blogging but as Tim Worstall noted years ago, they generally give it another try for a while and then peter out for good…………In such a scenario as we find ourselves in, all we can do is top up the glasses and toast to a rosy future.