A very old colleague from the mid seventies called me up last night to just say hello and to express his joy in finding me again. It so happened that in the course of his normal business, he met another friend who is in regular touch with me and they got to talking about my old employer and that is how my name cropped up.
I was delighted to talk to him and he has promised to keep in touch. It would be very nice if he does.
Our mutual friend subsequently rang me up to ask me what I felt about the conversation and I said that it was nice to be remembered and that I was grateful to him for making the reconnect possible.
He however floored me with his next question. “Now that you are so much older and have got so much more experience, would you still do those unorthodox things that you did in the seventies?”
I had to think a bit and said, that the answer to that would be an unqualified yes. I qualified that by stating that I continue to do unorthodox things and so it would imply that I haven’t really changed.
I however suspect that what my friend wanted to know was whether with different knowledge that I have gained over all these years, I would do the same things given the same circumstances. Now that is a different ball game altogether and I really have no answer to that. I however do believe that this cartoon strip is priceless in explaining that.