49 Days In 1988: Week 10 – Battle

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London – March 8th, 1988

Depression tried all it could to come out of me at work today. However, I fought back and didn’t allow it to win. Battle won?

On my way home, I had time to think and just happened to look at my reflection in the window of the tube carriage. I’ve never really looked at myself so closely before and, when I got home, I stood in front of the mirror for what seemed liked ages, studying myself. I kept telling myself that allowing depression to win was a waste of time and that, as a person, I have a lot to offer. Afterall, I’m not that bad looking, am I?

Within seconds, my self-confidence showed up and, while I went and had a bath, I let ‘depression’ and ‘self-confidence’ battle it out in my room. It was like an egg slowly cracking because, when I came back to my room, I felt completely different about myself.  Not only that, but the room seemed lighter which, in turn, made my world seem brighter.

I feel changes on the horizon. Visiting new places will put me in contact with new people. I feel confident that new people are about to come into my life. These last four days and nights have been a nightmare, but I think I’ve finally come through this unsettling period of my life.

Just before sitting down to write this entry in my diary,  I checked the adverts in ‘Time Out’ and decided that while I wait for any replies to my advert, I’d respond to one of the adverts somebody else has placed. There can’t be any harm in doing that, can there?

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Welcome to this new feature for 2018 on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I’ll be sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ll also take a trip in Hugh’s Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.

This week my guest is the author, writer, blogger and poet, Annette Rochelle Aben. Like all my guests, Annette was asked to choose a random date and chose the 8th March (her Sister’s birthday). So, the above entry from my diary comes courtesy of Annette.

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Writer, author, blogger and poet, Annette Rochelle Aben

I’ve always hesitated when it comes to writing poetry. In fact, it’s one of the hardest things I find to write. Annette was one of the first poets I came across in the blogging world. Every week, I regularly see her publish a haiku in response to the haiku challenge set by Ronovan at RonovanWrites. Click here for this week’s challenge. I became tempted to have a go myself and, several weeks later, published my first haiku.

Annette is the host of the wonderful show, Tell Me A Story, over on The Magic Happens internet radio station where she introduces guests from the world of blogging and writing. She even asked me to appear on the show and, although hesitant at first, I accepted her invitation, sat in the hot seat, and had a great time answering her questions. You can listen to the show by clicking here.

Annette has just published a brand new book, A Haiku Perspective 2018, in honour of the birth anniversary of her sister Lorraine Parent.

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A Haiku Perspective 2018 by Annette Rochelle Aben. Artwork by Lorraine Parent

As a talented artist, Lorraine drew the cover art for the book cover. I can see why Annette was delighted with the results.

Click here to buy A Haiku Perspective 2018.

Lorraine also sculpted the Bird Fairy which is on the cover of Annette’s book A Haiku Perspective 2015.

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Click here to buy A Haiku Perspective 2015.

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Annette’s song choice from the 1980s is ‘And She Was’ by Talking Heads

Released in 1985, ‘And She Was’ was written by David Byrne for the Talking Head’s album Little Creatures. It tells the story of a woman who has the power to levitate above the ground to check out all her neighbours from a bird’s eye view. It reminds me a little of some of the dreams I’ve had when I’ve found myself looking down at myself sleeping in bed. The song reached number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A, and number 17 on the UK’s singles charts.

I wonder what I would have seen had I levitated on March 8th, 1988 and watched the battle between depression and self-confidence take place? Do you have a favourite song that’s connected with flying? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, while one problem comes to an end, a new one looms on the horizon. Is it time to ‘come out’ to the family? Click here to go to the next diary entry.

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