"Can you remember those men who used to congregate near 'Speaker's Corner' and other public places with a placard hung around their necks which announced in bold print, 'Repent, the end of the world is nigh!' I recollect thinking them lunatics at the time and wished they'd 'get a life.'
Over the years, while the message has invariably changed, so has its primary means of silent communication, from bill board to hats on the Blackpool front wanting a 'quickie,' through to today's t-shirts. Do you ever wonder why relatively sane people pay good money to advertise someone else's product across their chest or choose to draw attention to what they want, to their beliefs or perhaps, what they would like to believe? I saw an overweight woman recently walking through town (or should I say waddling), wearing a t-shirt with the message emblazoned across the chest that said, 'Big is better.' Had she not worn the t-shirt I might have passed her unnoticed instead of looking twice at her and thinking, 'In your dreams, honey bun!' Other people will wear their beliefs for others to read' in the hope that the thought they expressed on their t-shirt, will be carried around in the mind of the reader for the rest of their lives! I always think, express them if they are important to you, but do it verbally, instead of being a non-assertive bust flush! We only have to move up a stage, before we then get to the tattooed torsos, proclaiming the names of past loves,(presumably placed there before having been dumped by them), along with the images of fearsome animals, strategically positioned on the tattooed body to impress when they get their kit off!
Back to Speaker's Corner and the bill board wearers. Though language has changed since my childhood, the message remains the same; there is no time better to change one's one's life than right now! We should seize the moment as though it may be our last. We go around in this life, but once. What we do or don't do, we essentially remain responsible for and have to live with. Good moments should be highly treasured as they can never be repeated. We keep our most precious moments longest when we share them with another.
In the totality of life, all there is that need worry us, is the 'moment' in question, the here and now; what we experience and our reaction to events. We enter this earth, leave it, make first impressions, fall in love, fall out of love, establish friendships, and make all manner of spontaneous decisions in the spur of 'a moment.' All else may or may not come about; hence the futility of fear and the expression of any meaningless caution for the future. When we are grateful for the present, there is but the moment of eternal gratitude to be lived. Now is your moment. Don't waste it!" William Forde: September 26th, 2016.