That’d be a good piece of advice, but is there really a practical solution? I went to work half an hour ago before typing up this post only to have a falling ceiling tile strike my head…and on the corner too! For the love of Pete.
My noggin hasn’t settled down yet, but I learned two valuable lessons from my experience and hopefully they’ll solve the riddle of how one can avoid being hit on the head…and I smell a metaphor for writing! Read on…
- I have a thick skull. The blow hurt, but left no lasting damage.
- I had no way of knowing brushing up against that piece would cause a chain reaction and drop a ceiling tile on my brain.
The first topic I want to address is actually the second one. Our store was under construction at the time, but it was on the tail end. I knew there would be some degree of instability but my own limited knowledge of construction and architecture prevented me from knowing exactly which would do what. Moreover, I couldn’t be present as often as would be needed to make up for that. My boss knew, but I neglected to ask him when I came in. Seconds later, down it fell.
Radical means could have prevented this accident, such as stalking the store or learning a trade for the singular purpose of…maybe being able to predict the likelihood of falling objects. They probably wouldn’t though. The amount of time and effort I’d have to put in would be irrelevant and most of all…unknown. It was unlikely that construction person himself could have prevented it happening to him…so they wear special hats.
Second point: I have a thick skull. No lasting marks. No breaking of the skin. Aside from a few moments of throbbing headaches, I walked away from that one well enough to write this post. If I had a weaker noggin, I might have decided to grab an ice pack and call it a night.
That is what the point of all this is.
For writers, almost none of us do this full time. We have other obligations, like family, school or work that occupy the better part of our lives. Writing is part time and life hits us hard. The problem is, there isn’t anything we can reasonably do about that. I find…and as most people find…the ability to recover from life’s problems is a more achievable and more reliable skill than preventing them from happening in the first place.
That skill is what keeps writers writing. A thick skull.