Tale Weaver #188 – Into the Unknown – 13th September

This week Michael wants us to consider the idea of going into the unknown.

What are you looking at?
A hole in the ground or a black hole in space?
Is that snow and ice surrounding it?
Clouds perhaps, or zillions of stars so tightly packed, each fighting for a place to breathe and independently shine.

The Unknown is unfamiliarity.
Something not necessarily new, but new to us, somewhere never before visited, someone never before met, something never before done.
Of course, it’s not always pleasant, like a tooth extraction for the first time whilst being conscious and trusting that man behind the mask with his magic needle.
So could we say that the Unknown is a First?
But if we’d done it before, we would have some idea of what to expect, yet in relationships, we are all individuals, no-one works to a manual, and the only common denominator is that it involves more than one.

That first interview when leaving school for a job……… totally virgin territory for a teenager. How to conduct yourself, do you speak when spoken to or offer up information about yourself to your interviewer so that he can get a broader picture of the person in front of him as to whether or not they will fit in with his staff and be capable of the job on offer.

That first appointment with the bank manager to ask for a loan, be it to buy a car or a house. Can you afford the repayments, how long will you commit yourself to the debt, and what are the penalties should you be lucky enough to repay it early.
The unknown of marriage, or cohabiting, when someone else will be occupying the bathroom when you want to use it, or dirty dishes left in the sink and dirty clothes left on the floor. No-one to clear up after you, yet they expect you to clear up after them.

Our first driving lesson, how to balance the clutch and accelerator rather than kangaroo hop down the road. This then eventually leads to the driving test which has changed a lot since I took mine in 1978.

There is one thing that is absolutely terrifying about the unknown.
Imagine suddenly being ejected from the comfort and warmth of everything you’re familiar with, to be thrust out into bright lights and unfamiliar sounds.
Is it no wonder a new born baby cries?

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to Tale Weaver #188 – Into the Unknown – 13th September

  1. Reena Saxena says:

    The reference to a newborn is good.

  2. Michael says:

    An excellent exploration of ‘Into the Unknown’ Di, you covered a lot of things I have put myself through too. Thanks for your thoughts on this prompt.

  3. Sunshinysa says:

    “We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.”
    We too have a humble home. Whenever we think of adding on, I decide against it because 1) housework and 2) maintenance.
    So we keep it small but your getaway bungalow sounds ideal…. and near the beach too.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    your description of unkwon ​is great! each day we a faced with it, and we need to be brave to go ahead. have a great day my friend!

  5. joyroses13 says:

    Great examples . Love the ending!

  6. Brilliant! Well said.

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