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LJ Idol season 9 Week 0: Introduction

Posted on 2014.03.05 at 21:31
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I remember an introductory conversation I once had with a distant relative when I was a child, during which I was asked why I didn’t want to be a doctor. My mother answered that it was because I couldn’t stand the sight of blood. I recall my horror-tv-watching, Stephen-King-novel-obsessed self being affronted by this lie.
But like many things of childhood as we grow we begin to understand the complexities of situations and why we create the social constructions we do. It was a need to answer the question in a way that wouldn’t rock the boat on my mother’s part and a desire to see all of us well on the part of my relative. The thing is said relative was of a time and place where the only hope for more than mere survival, for living, thriving, providing for family, was to have a job that drags a person out of poverty. It’s a good thing no one tried explaining this to my younger self because I probably would have said something about how we were in England now and if worst came to worst I could go on the dole. Adult me understands that that would have displeased people.

I suspect we all suffered through many introductions as children, not understanding the point or appreciating the merit. Too old to run around playing and yet too young to fully delight in good conversation, or to recognise that it was only through hundreds of exceedingly boring repetitive introductions that something precious, something golden can sometimes be found. There’s a tendency to focus on the banality of the subject matter, on the ‘why do we want to know these things?’ I also suspect it took me a lot longer than most children to figure it out. I wasn’t and am still not, the most social of animals. I often do not know what to say, as may be seen here, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep bumbling along, stumbling together, waiting with baited breath to see if something magical may emerge. Friendship after all can be the most magnificent of creatures.

So in the interests of banality in the search for more, I ask some questions of myself. What job do I do? I’m tutoring at the moment. Where am I from? London. What do I want to do with my life? I have no idea. What films/TV/books do I like? I’m a massive sci-fi fan, particularly Star Trek and Stargate and am also a fan of all things supernatural, including Supernatural. At the moment I’m reading a lot of Terry Pratchett, but I’ll read almost anything.  

Learning that introductions are often tailored to the situations we find ourselves in is difficult, often including a mess of insecurities and hesitancies and other human frailties hampering things. But fortunately here we are lucky enough to know we have one point of commonality to jump off from: a desire to write.


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deza at 2014-03-05 21:59 (UTC) (Link)
During one of those childhood introductions, I stated I was planning to be god when I grew up. Asked how one gets the job, I said I would be apprenticing the next year. They stopped asking after that. :)
swirlsofblue at 2014-03-05 22:00 (UTC) (Link)
LOL, genius! :)
bleodswean at 2014-03-05 22:58 (UTC) (Link)
Yes! Yes!! I think there is an essay here - Friendship after all can be the most magnificent of creatures. Or a fairytale.

I scored "Dodger" yesterday at the thrift store!

swirlsofblue at 2014-03-06 07:16 (UTC) (Link)
I was hoping that line would be well received ;)

Ooh yay for Dodger. I have a copy of Dodger waiting to be read.

Thanks *kisses back*
kecharasmoon at 2014-03-06 00:49 (UTC) (Link)
Awkward and incorrect introductions as a child were definitely something I can remember. Not a bad one this time around though, greetings!
swirlsofblue at 2014-03-06 07:18 (UTC) (Link)
Ah memories ;). Greetings! Nice to meet you :)
Vice Captain of the Universe
sweeny_todd at 2014-03-06 01:44 (UTC) (Link)
Stargate has been on my list of things to watch for a while. And I am an avid Pratchett fan. :)
swirlsofblue at 2014-03-06 07:23 (UTC) (Link)
Hi! I would definitely recommend Stargate; see my icon, that's Daniel Jackson, he's awesome and once managed to form a friendship with an alien who didn't speak the same language and was taking Daniel to eat him.

Yay Pratchett :). Which ones are your favourites?
ljidolvillian at 2014-03-06 02:49 (UTC) (Link)
Last sentence is a pretty succinct summary of what brings us together.
swirlsofblue at 2014-03-06 07:33 (UTC) (Link)
Yep, thanks :). Hello!
alycewilson at 2014-03-06 07:17 (UTC) (Link)
What do you tutor? And what part of London? I don't know the neighborhoods terribly well, but I did visit with a college group in 1990 and have been dying to go back ever since.
swirlsofblue at 2014-03-06 07:30 (UTC) (Link)
Hi! I tutor kids 5-11 in Maths and English, though maths is more my specialty as I have experience with placements and volunteering teaching maths in schools.

Wimbledon, the land of wombles and tennis :).

What about you? Where are you from? :)

Edited at 2014-03-06 07:31 am (UTC)
kehlen at 2014-03-06 12:15 (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed reading about you introductions :).
swirlsofblue at 2014-03-06 14:24 (UTC) (Link)
Hi! Thank you, glad you enjoyed :).
catwomon at 2014-03-07 01:16 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not good with introductions or small-talk either. I almost always feel like I have nothing worthwhile to say. So, I can relate to what you wrote here.
swirlsofblue at 2014-03-07 10:11 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, nice to know :)
dreamsofspike at 2014-03-07 07:39 (UTC) (Link)
Intriguing insights here... I can relate :)

I'm excited about this whole thing, can't wait to get started! Great opening post! :)
swirlsofblue at 2014-03-07 10:12 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, glad you liked it :). I'm excited too, should be fun.
blahblahblah, whatever
kathrynrose at 2014-03-08 06:11 (UTC) (Link)
Great to meet you!

Have you read Ben Aaronovich's London Rivers series? The newest one just came out a couple weeks ago.
swirlsofblue at 2014-03-08 07:20 (UTC) (Link)
Hi! Great to meet you too :).

No I haven't, maybe I'll check it out :)
muchtooarrogant at 2014-03-08 21:51 (UTC) (Link)
"But fortunately here we are lucky enough to know we have one point of commonality to jump off from: a desire to write."

Well said, and good to meet you.

swirlsofblue at 2014-03-09 07:51 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, nice to meet you too :)
penpusher at 2014-03-08 21:54 (UTC) (Link)
Hello, fellow writer!

Introductions are unusual things, aren't they? You want to provide someone with a shorthand version of who you are, and to make it entertaining and perhaps something the reader/viewer/listener can relate to. But, surely you have succeeded!
swirlsofblue at 2014-03-09 07:52 (UTC) (Link)

Yes, that they are. Thank you, I'm glad you liked it :)
jenandbronze at 2014-03-09 00:06 (UTC) (Link)
Growing up, in my case, social interactions was an area of weakness of mine (it came with the territory to my disability; not seeing/hearing appropriate things). As an adult, that has changed over the years, and hae grown to have quite a circle of friends and enjoy social outings / events I attend.

Unique take on the topic! Look forward to reading more of your entries.
swirlsofblue at 2014-03-09 07:57 (UTC) (Link)
It's wonderful you managed to overcome that.

I definitely enjoy social outings much more now than when I was younger.

Thank you :)
ellakite at 2014-03-09 02:15 (UTC) (Link)
What do I want to do with my life? I have no idea.

Same here. Oh yes. I've hit the big Five-Oh and I'm still trying to figure it out...
swirlsofblue at 2014-03-09 08:11 (UTC) (Link)
It is very difficult :)

Bridget Ilene Delaney
kagomeshuko at 2014-03-09 02:25 (UTC) (Link)
"But fortunately here we are lucky enough to know we have one point of commonality to jump off from: a desire to write."

Love this!
swirlsofblue at 2014-03-09 08:12 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, I'm happy you liked it :)
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