Being the philosophical loon that I am, I tend to concern myself with questions that can't possibly be answered. Sticking to this fact, I was wondering last night, what would I give up for fame and fortune?
I'm not sure what prompted me to enter this train of thought, as I was loading the washing machine at the time but, nevertheless, it sprang up. I was thinking of the movies. Or rather, the thought caused me to think of the movies. You know how in movies, the 'hero' gets the chance to see what life would be like if they'd never met their wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/significant other? And they always, always, always come to the realisation that love is better than whatever else they've been offered (fame and fortune say). I was wondering how true that would be.
Specifically, how true I would see that. I've been an unsuccessful musician for a large part of my life. I've also been an unpublished author for a good deal of it. I've been married - extremely happily - for a lot less. If I was offered fame and fortune, but would have to give up Lady Hem and always know that I gave her up, would I do it?
I can say, hand on heart, that I wouldn't. But, I can only say that, because it isn't going to happen. I know it, you know it; that's why we have movies. To imagine. But that's all it is, imagining. So I can say, hand on heart again, that no way would I give up my life with Lady Hem for riches, fame and, let's face it, pussy.
But if it was offered. If somehow, the wish was pushed into reality and I really, really, had to choose.....I'm not 100% certain that I wouldn't take the offer.
If you were offered the same, would you - could you - say no? Give up one thing you have for the unknowable?