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I realized late in life that “writer” is likely

"...the chimera of Security"

The career that would have best suited my personality

But I chose to pursue the chimera of Security

Afraid to burst the bonds of conventionality

‘Till I came to hate my morose mediocrity

As time made that other life an impossibility


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A hyper-annuated wannabee scientist with a lovely wife and a mountain biking problem.

Tags: vocation, avocation, dreams, choices


  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Wow, Dave…this sounds like a “road not taken” sort of thought. You write well, so at least you have Retrospect as an outlet and your friends here to read and comfort you. I hope that offers you some sustenance.

  2. Khati Hendry says:

    Never too late. You are a writer. Don’t stop.

  3. All is still possible Dave, and we’re all here listening!

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