Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. Everything has been figured out, except how to live. One always dies too soon or too late. And yet, life is there, finished. The line is drawn, and it must all be added up. You are nothing other than your life. There is only one day left, always starting over. It is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk. We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are, that is the fact. When you live alone you no longer know what it is to tell a story: the plausible disappears at the same time as the friends. You let events flow by too.Suddenly you see people appear who speak and then go away; you plunge into stories of which you can't make head or tail. You'd make a terrible witness. It is true that people who live in society have learned how to see themselves in mirrors as they appear to their friends. Luckily, I only have a few...

Dr Shaw is a lecturer in Further Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. She also offers philosophy courses at the School of Continuing Education, Lifelong learning, at the University of Liverpool. In 2015, she has completed her Doctorate in philosophy with a focus on existentialism, the equilibrium doctrine and narrative. She has worked as a teacher of English and Comparative literature and Philosophy at The American University in Cairo, Egypt where she also obtained her BA (Hons). Dr Shaw has an MA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of East Anglia where she also taught on a number of humanities subjects. Whilst working in North Wales in Further education, she gained a PGCE aimed at teaching in FE and HE sectors. Dr Shaw moved to Liverpool in 2010 where she now resides.

Interests: Existentialism, Narrative, Comparative Literature, Feminist Thought, Public Speaking, Arab Existentialism, Philosophy of Education, Art, Music, Film and Theatre, Greek Mythology, Existential counsellor and psychotherapist.


Monday, 21 May 2012

Age sucks

I just realised that tomorrow is the 22nd of May, 2012. That makes me 28 years old tomorrow. How time passes by so quick. I had the craziest idea of making a chart tracing my age, my mother, my husband and my child's through the years to see how old we will all be in correspondence to each other. The result was made my heart sink.

According to my chart- in 2012- I am tomorrow 28, my husband 31, my mother 51 and my child is 1.

Shockingly in 2021- I will be 37, my husband 40, my mother 60 and my child is 10.  

Even more shocking in 2030- I will be 46, my husband 50, my mother 70 and my child 20 years old.

And really now, with a big sigh, in 2041, I will be 57, my husband 60, my mother 80 and my child 30.

Age is such a B**** I told myself... I would certainly discourage anyone from doing the same as I just did. It will ruin your day unless you're all gonna be young forever and live happily ever after which is never the case of course.

I will try not to dwell on this although it will always be at the back of my mind now...I should instead say... cheer up me and have a happy birthday.

The best quote I've just read today is: "Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end."*

*Source:  http://quotegroup.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/age-quotes.html

Adios & thanks for nothing...

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