We all thing do crazy things at times. When I was in my teens I left home more times than I can remember. At first my parents worried about me, fearing the worst. Eventually they got used to my exploits and realized it was who I was and nothing would change me. With only one little bag packed I would sneak out of the house in search of adventure. With my thumb stuck out (yes hitchhiking was safe once) I would set off to London, or some other city I wanted to explore. I always regretted it, although sometimes this took a while, and would return home. I loved my parents, but I was a rebellious, restless teenager in search of adventure.
I got to thinking about my wayward youth yesterday whilst at work. It was a particularly stressful day. Deadlines to be met, not enough time, too much to do. I thought to myself “I am going to run away” and I laughed. One of the young guys passing my office looked in at me, wondering why I was sitting alone behind my desk laughing. That made me laugh even more.
It occurred to me that when I was seventeen, if I left home, I would be considered rebellious and out of control. I would grow out of it. However if I ran away from home now (yes I am 55) I may be considered crazy. What if I still have these urges to run away when I am 65 or older? Will I be put in a nursing facility and diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia? I think I had better be very careful. I am eccentric, but I am not CRAZY!
Oh, and the other thing is, if I do run away in search of adventure, I will do it with a little more style. No hitchhiking!
I have written a couple of short stories based on my youth. My first steps in my career as an author. They aren’t perfect so if you read them, be kind to me, I am still learning.
I am in the process of having my first full length novel ‘Dead of July’ edited. This is the book I would like to think of as my first. It is a paranormal adventure story about a young army wife living in Germany in the eighties. It is based on my life. For updates and information on when this book will be launched Follow me on Facebook.