Friday 16 September 2011

Battling demons

How can I be envious of someone who has only just come to my attention? Someone I’ve never met? Someone who is no doubt entitled to a marvellous, successful, happy life. Mustn’t waste another second thinking about this, because

a)    It’s not good to compare ourselves with others. We are all special and successful in our own way.
b)    She’s probably very nice
c)     Or very unhappy
d)    Hope she is
e)    I mean, one should cultivate contentment with one’s lot rather than envy of others’ more thrilling-seeming lots
f)      Plus there’s no mention of a husband and children in the book or the article, so she’s not that perfect. Ha!

I’ll just check out Katharine Pooley online before becoming a Determined Seeker. Hmmm. Her ‘About’ button is labelled ‘Katharine’. Click. Oh my God! Not only has she visited more than 200 countries, she has summited many of the world’s highest mountains, driven a team of dogs on a sled to the North Pole and crossed the Sahara on horseback. Grrrrrrr.

At the bottom of an extensive biography page it says ‘more’. Click. Page two is all about her flair and flow. Oh God! There’s more still. Click. Argh! Argh! Katharine is married with a young son and, when not travelling, Divides Her Time between homes in London, Oxfordshire and Scotland, where her true heart lies. Argh!

Still, maybe that leaves the way free for me to become South-East Asian Pop-Up Restaurant Queen of Candlebury.   

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