Wednesday, April 30, 2014
On being farty
Today I am farty. Yesterday I was not. But at the stroke of midnight, something changed: I am now farty and will be farty (at the very least) for the rest of my life. Some of you who read this may be surprised to hear that I'm farty. Perhaps you know me personally and I just didn't have that air about me. Or perhaps you're surprised that I'd be talking about it like this; for some reason, being farty seems to something to be ashamed of in modern society.
In our grandparents' era, being farty meant that you were of a particular level of maturity. People gave you respect. You had responsibilities. You had solidity in your life. Sure, you might be slowing down, people might have thought of you as a bit of a pompous gas-bag but that doesn't mean you weren't still full of beans. But these days, and I am a case in point, being farty just means that you're older but perhaps not wiser. People's lives are much more fluid these days; I had a whole other career and trajectory before I even started to study medicine.
There's a pressure that comes with being farty. I'm hoping that I can ease some of that pressure by trying to keep things more fluid, while also striving for solidity in the future. I guess what I'm really trying to say is that I don't think it's helpful to label yourself as farty, or not-farty - surely everyone is farty in some way, at some time, even if they'd like to pretend otherwise. Farty is a just state of mind. Before I was farty I fell into the trap of thinking of it as the end of something rather than the beginning. Being farty is nothing more than a sign of more surprises in store.
Am I really farty? The answers, as Bob Dylan said, are blowin' in the wind.