Not many people know this, but if it weren't for my bad eye sight I would not have gone into IT. I'm not even sure if I ever told Marlijne, because this was way before her time. Right after leaving high school I looked into one option that I have left eschewed.
You see, I would have pursued a maritime career as first officer or as shipboard engineer if I had the chance. I have no logical explanation for this, but I feel some odd, deep draw to the sea. It's not like I've lived anywhere near the sea, or that I've been involved with Her in any way, but still that feeling exists deep down in me. Heck, I might not even be that suited for a life at sea!
And the engineering role brings me to another thing that has a strange draw to me, one that I've also left completely ignored: heavy machinery. I love the scent of diesel and oil and find lure of huge engines enticing. I think I would greatly enjoy a line of work that will allow me to maintain beasts like those.
But *sigh* For now those are two career tracks that I'd better leave alone. The first would take me away from home more than I would like, while the other would require such strenuous re-schooling that it is currently unfeasible.
What brought all of this on? Ah! I just sat through the director's cut of Das Boot, on ARD-1.
I leave you tonight with a wonderful quote from the movie (some background to the quote).
Aber wir wussten auch dies:
Einmal vor Unerbittlichem stehen,
wo Gebete entrechtet, Gewinsel zu Gott lächerlich ist,
wo keines Mutter sich nach uns umsieht, kein Weib unsern Weg kreuzt,
wo alles ohne Liebe ist, wo nur die Wirklichkeit herrscht, grausig und groß,
solches macht sicher und stolz.
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