What would you do if you could restart your life from the beginning, I always used to say I wouldn’t change anything and in many ways that’s still true, however it would be interesting to surmise what may have happened if some things had been changed.

I have always wondered what it might have been like had I been tall and good looking and whenever I think along these lines I can see there is always more than one side to every argument. For example being tall and good looking when you’re young is useful I’m sure and find me a man who would not appreciate the attention generated from whatever sex he may wish to attract.

However none of us can have a picture of Dorian Grey in our attic to stave off the rigours of time and eventually our good looks would fade, so being good looking may have it’s down side, whereas one can maintain average looks virtually until death.

I wouldn’t mind if I had been a tad taller, for the taller of our species can command attention merely by their presence in a room, you may have noticed when there is a group of people gathered together it is often assumed that the tallest is the one in charge.

Yet again being tall has it’s pros and cons, for being tall and being seen is not always an advantage, say for example on a battlefield casually having a cigarette in the trench. Whilst being tall helps when ordering a battalion of men into battle, in the situation with the cigarette could well end up with the top of your head being blown off by a sniper.

I’ve never had too much trouble getting the attention of others and I imagine other shorter fellows may be the same, I’m guessing most people were listening when Adolf Hitler was speaking, although on the subject of restarting one’s life, would he perhaps have made a different decision when asked, “Are you sure invading Poland is a good idea?”

Perhaps my next thought on restarting things will apply more to the older reader, who when faced with a piece of modern computer equipment that refuses to work, no matter how loud you shout at it. There is never a human being that you might phone to ask, “how do I restart this thing, please?” The modern way is to review the frequently asked questions, most of which never apply, when the real question being asked is, “why doesn’t this thing fix itself, if it’s that clever?”

Many hours and emails later you get the answer, “restart the computer,” which leaves you thinking, “Oh, so I turn it off and then, turn it back on and this will fix the bloody thing!” Amazingly some times this is the solution, otherwise one has to resort to the help of an expert, who will take your machine away only to reappear some days later and charge you several hundred pounds.

It’s times like this that I wish I had the ability to restart things especially computers!


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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6 Responses to Restart.

  1. Mukhamani says:

    I used to feel that way about computers but I am finding my way and there is a feeling of satisfaction when I solve the problem by myself 🙂 But, honestly I would not like to restart anything in my life. It has been learning, making mistakes learning again and every stage in life is interesting in its own way. Regards.

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  3. Zara C says:

    Hello matee great blog post

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