|Hello, I’m reviewing this piece as part of ‘I write 2020.’ I’ve waited to enter my week eleven entry until I saw something I could actually review. I’m not comfortable reviewing poetry you see and there is a lot of it!
I read this essay and found it really interesting, as I too had entered the Philosophy Musings.
It is a huge question isn’t it? What makes us be the person we are? You certainly asked the right questions but do any of us know the right answers.
I agree that the school experience has a major impact on how we perceive life afterwards. The way we were treated by our teachers and school friends sets up an expectation of how we expect people to interact with us throughout the rest of our lives.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if, as you suggest, there may be a big book somewhere, wherein, besides our name, birthday and day of our death, all major events were preordained.
It wouldn’t matter whatever free will we think we have and whatever way we turned, the end result would be the same?
I must congratulate you on your successes though, I really believe they were down to you and not some whim of a superior being!
I enjoyed reading about the quirk of fate, ( fate again?) when you acquired a dog. This event set in motion your second career in law enforcement. The strange thing though it had to be that breed of dog, the same colour etc, to have made the couple stop and tell you about their dog that had been so similar. That’s really out there, isn’t it?
Anyway thanks for sharing this piece of writing, I so enjoyed reading about your life and it’s twists and turns.
We will never know if you would have ended up just as you are now even if you’d made different choices.