I didn’t mean this to sound so sad. I’m attempting to do my taxes for the first time totally by myself. They’re complicated. My damn accountant was angry at me last year for sending him my audit during tax season. Well duh that’s when I got it and it was due 30 days later. He let it sit for months. The tax thing is complicating everything in my life right now. My Dad was a CPA who would have never been angry at a client for….My dad died suddenly at the end of this month 19 years ago. These couple of weeks always make me sad and trying to do taxes, uh!!!!!
I fear that someday, not soon I hope, I will die and not leave a legacy; no permanent marker, except for a headstone in Mount Hebron Cemetery that reminds the world I was here once.
People will argue that is selfish to want to be remembered. That if I wanted to be remembered I should have had children for parents did something important. But not all children are worthy of being remembered by their parents and parents, sometimes, very sadly, outlive children.
Then of course there’s the career legacy. As somebody who has had three and a half careers, a bunch of newspaper articles published and a five and a half year old blog, I can be remembered for knowing that one career wasn’t enough for a lifetime long before that was fashionable to think. But many other people can lay claim to that thought also.
They can’t all lay claim to saying some of the things I have said in this blog at the time I did, and I made sure to put in original thoughts. In the 70’s and 80’s before the era of instant communication and social networking, my sister claimed a New York Times reporter was following me around recording my every thought. For I would say something and a month or three later an article would be in The Times with the very same thought and/or lines.
I had no faith in myself then. No belief that I could write for such a newspaper or write an entire book.
Now I’m not sure I can market myself properly. Just writing this seems so egotistical. Yet what are most bloggers, Facebookers, and Twitterers doing but trying to make a mark on the world so that they will leave a legacy? A lot of money is good too.
I have friends who will be remembered for their careers. Their writing. Their wit. Their skill and talents in other areas. And their spouses, kids, grandkids and I’m beginning to feel very small in statute. I want what they have. I can’t have the kids and grandkids, that’s impossible and probably not the adoring spouse, but the career….Of course I’m convinced I’m becoming demented so I probably have about two good writing months left…..
For awhile I think I thought I could leave a legacy as a blogger. It was different three, four years ago. When you were known, many bloggers knew you. There weren’t thousands of different groups all competing for bloggers and fame. There was competitiveness, of course, everything is. But we knew we were in the earlier days of something bigger then ourselves something that could change communication. Then came Twitter. It’s all too much for me.
Friends are having grandchildren. I’m glad for them, so excited sometimes you have no idea, but a bit sad for me as I will never know that feeling.
My book is that most egotistical of genres, a memoir, but I do think I have a more interesting than most story to tell. One I won’t go into here as everybody who reads this blog knows it. If you know me through Facebook you don’t really know it.
You don’t know that I’m much more than a collection of symptoms. Hey, I met John Gotti and lived to talk about it. That will always be one of my favorite stories sick as it is and it’s very sick. It’s me, girl who couldn’t keep her Marilyn dress from doing a Marilyn. In my memories I have short blond hair, and big red lips. In reality I had long red hair done 40’s style or maybe I had cut it recently to just shoulder length with volume but not big–it was the last year of the 80’s. My lips might have been red but they were never big.
That’s not one of my best stories just one of my favorites. I don’t know what my best stories are. I have no way of judging my own work. I no longer have any semblance of a site meter so I have no way of gauging what pages are peoples favorites.
I did that on purpose. The whole get-to-love-me-through-social-media frenzy sickened me. I had come early to the party. Too early as I didn’t realize I was supposed to have a plan, enough energy to spend the hours I wasn’t exercising or writing on social media activities. I had done that with blogging solely because I’m obsessive and I was burnt out as I burn out of everything.
I’m vain. Oh so vain I think the story of not knowing I had non verbal learning disorder and living anyway is a good story. I spent my late teen, 20’s and 30’s being adorable, looking like a generic soap star, and I worked hard. I confused my bosses who couldn’t understand that the spacey klutzy but adorable girl did such complex excellent work.
Then I broke down. Though I did brilliantly in social work school I don’t think my work ever equaled the work I did in my 20’s to 37. Maybe it was the medication. More likely it was still not knowing what was wrong with me and being more aware since I broke down, had the testing, and found out I was supposed to be incapable of just about everything. I had always believed in myself before underneath it all. Always believed that tomorrow I would understand more. Tomorrow there would be magical answers.
The answers weren’t magical. There was some relief in knowing at first but then there was anger. I’m still working it out. And that’s the problem. A book needs a happy or tragic ending and I don’t plan on giving it a tragic ending. I want the happy one.
My life is good. Very good. But is buying, all on my own without help from one person, a house, and almost gut renovating it a good enough ending? Even if girl has problems that should preclude her from being proud of this?
Is girl coming to a city where she knew almost anybody at a stage in life when almot nobody moves except unhappily for a job or for grandchildren, and forging a life for herself, a happy ending?
Actually now that I read the above two paragraphs I realize that it’s just as happy an ending as girl meets boy. This hasn’t been Ozzie & Harriet’s world for sometime.
Or maybe I’m being defensive. And what I think are accomplishments are nothing important really.