February 24, 2022


An former prefects search for perfection

Photo by Kostiantyn Li / Unsplash

One strives for perfection...

Vintage Prefect badge on old school uniform
Photo by ROBIN WORRALL / Unsplash

Sometimes we try our best to succeed, and sometimes we fail, no matter how hard we try, and failure can be a bitter pill to swallow. Often you wake up with plans and stratagems, ways to achieve something. These plans can be big or small, and everyone has something that they want to achieve. Sometimes 'failure could not be an option'. That line came from the lips of Gene Krantz the flight controller of the ill fated Apollo 13 mission to the moon.

Often we have grandiose plans which might be life changing, usually our plans are everyday and humdrum. Plans can be reliant on external factors and people. Things beyond our control can stymie the best laid plans of mice and men.

Mice can have serious consequences, to me a protein or enzyme, included in a drug made me very ill. So something as small as a mouse can stop you in your tracks. I often talk about detail, the small things that you sometimes miss because you are focusing on 'the big picture'. That is not a bad thing to do. After all big ideas lead to great things. They can also have devastating consequences if your big idea is either intentionally or accidentally malevolent. Hopefully our ideas and schemes will be relatively benign, unless your name is Vladimir Putin perhaps?

I am now a year older, and I think of those who are no longer a part of my life, some memoires never fade, and I remember them especially around my birthday. I think of what plans and schemes they might have had, and I wish that I could have been a part of them. Life is sometimes difficult and you do not realise the value of things before they are gone. You just think about the insurmountable. Cherish what little you have because it can disappear in a trice.

And in the words of the Hitchhickers Guide to the Galaxy remember DON'T PANIC. And our planet is mostly harmless. I think...