"Who can remember their very first bike ride? I will never forget that moment when I realised that I was propelling the bicycle under my own steam and that its balance (however wobbly) was all down to myself.
Do you remember your very first girlfriend or boyfriend? I'm not referring to the one who gave you your first biology lesson behind the school bicyle shed, but the one you first kissed and shared your chewing gum with.
Then in your teenage years when restraining your hormones bursting forth from your inner clothing garments was almost impossible, can you recall those marvellous holidays at Butlins without the immediate presence of your parents where one couldn't possibly dodge the opposite sex whichever way one turned?
Ah years of unbridled folly, youthful passion and happy dreams of the 1950s and 1960s, I miss you often. I frequently wonder if the fast pace of life for today's young, the many employment and accommodation uncertainties they continuously encounter and their growing need and expectation for instant gratification is their greatest ball and chain that the young of my day were never asked to carry? Whereas my generation was reared on idealistic yet more realistic hope factors grounded in realism, this has been supplanted in today's youth by the dream of overnight celebrity, instant fame, a lottery win or becoming a football star as representing the only road out of poverty and depression.
Unfortunately when one's best hope is hung on a distant star, the chances of it ever falling to earth is infinitesimal. Far better to remain anchored in safer harbours of health, happiness, community spirit and the love of family and friends. You will have more heavenly experiences if you dream upon a star and live in positivism and hope upon the earth." William Forde: August 8th, 2014.