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covid citizen portmanteau/blending: covidizen: to contrast with the previously popular word, covidiot?!
I would have been more of the latter than the former 20 or more years ago, so acknowledge a lot of it is age dependent. When I saw some richer/older people saying on TV they didn’t do anything for the planet (even recycling, or not flying to holidays several times a year – ecodiots!?) I thought it was the wrong attitude, and wouldn’t make the young care about older people so much!
Mentally, this time, where I have empty freedom to write feels like where I was always heading, but I didn’t know if I’d get here; like a rickety old house on a hill with a view back over my life. Thinking about it now, a mental-life analogy could be a street of houses, with one side’s all on fire or some other trouble/disaster; and the others all spotlessly clean; and you have to go into one house on each side all the way up the street. Some people always seem to choose the dangerous side (either cos of nature or nurture?), others the safe, and others alternate. Once you’ve been in a few ‘dangerous houses’ I think the main thing you learn is not to go back; and if you do choose that side, I’d advise only going in the house if you can see a way out!
Some leaves are brown, and sky’s often grey,
but I’m not California Dreamin‘ today,
ain’t ’60s paradise and I can wait ’til May!
Blog post title is a play on words of the movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: the kind of movie that inspired the lighter side to my books on Amazon.