As I go through life, I encounter many instances of “I’d never believe if somebody told me”.
I might feel that I can see the future and read the signs all I want, but I’d never wish to know how it ends. Life would be unbearable without surprises.
Regarding seeing the future, I have a big dilemma from my card-playing days. Sometimes during a game I could feel with utmost certainty that I was about to lose. Now you tell me: did I lose just because I’d psyched myself into losing and there was a way to win, or would I lose no matter what I did?
More often I knew I’d win though.
Here is some of the most unlikely stuff that has come true even though I never saw it coming. What would I think if somebody told me that:
- In 1991 there will be a 10-day war for the independence of Slovenia and Yugoslavia will disintegrate. Elsewhere this will cause a bloodshed.
- A useful type of gravel for highway-building will be discovered under a pretty useless wooded area that my father inherited, just when a highway will be built nearby. As a result, my parents will build a house in Piran on the Slovenian coast. My longtime dream. No arm-bending required.
- However, I will live in Tuscany, Italy, of all places, about seven hours away. Summers will make it feel almost like Africa.
- We will find our first dog in the trash with his brothers and raise three.
- NATO will bomb Serbia. After losing a stealth they will argue: “We do deserts, we don’t do mountains.” During this event, Serbian TV will block all content from NATO countries except the film “Wag the Dog”, in which a war is invented to divert attention, and play it nightly.
- A funicular will be built up to Ljubljana Castle, the whole one-minute ride of it.
- There will be nine years of primary school instead of eight, what we used to have. So sorry, kids. 😦
- There will be something called the Internet where I’ll spend most of my time because they’ve got everything. Even amore.
- I won’t need to wait ages, if not endlessly, to see a film, hear an album or read a book I’m really curious about.
- There will be a supergroup “Prophets of Rage”, made up with members of “Rage Against the Machine”, “Public Enemy” and “Cypress Hill”. They will have a concert in Zagreb, Croatia, and the opening act will be “House of Pain”. Everlast will join the Prophets for “Jump Around”, the last song of the night.
- The 12-year-old son of the “Suicidal Tendencies” and now “Metallica” bassist will tour with “KoЯn” as a replacement bassist.
- So many other people will stare into their phones most of their time. Even with me right there.
- With phones and other gadgets they will manage to subdue and harness people into obedience, consumption and inactivity.
- “What Orwell failed to predict is that we’d buy the cameras ourselves, and that our biggest fear would be that nobody was watching.” —Keith Lowell Jensen
- The USA (and with it Hollywood) will stupidify and deteriorate to such a degree that their president will be the joke of the world. His Slovenia-born wife will file for divorce and achieve what nobody else did – bring him down. (Oooops, spoiler. Waitaminute, that was Berlusconi.)
- I’ll be waving into my webcam even when it’s off, half expecting a helicopter.
- I still won’t know at 47 how to reconcile creativeness, productiveness and profitability.
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