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Friday Story Bazaar ~ Tale Fifty-Five

Why Don’t You Just Get A Life?

Alexander M Zoltai



I’m really nobody; but, there’ve been times I thought I was Way important…

Those days are over…


This getting a life thing got started by being born to religious parents…

I suppose the fact that Mom was sincerely living her Faith and Dad was horribly conflicted about it all was what got me going on the whole Maverick life-style—what else to do when you have two nearly completely opposing models of what being a human means…

I’d have to credit Mom with the influence that kept the Maverick restrained for so many years—pretend you’re growing up just fine, doing all the things folks expect—act like you’re getting a life…

High school was when the cracks began to appear—acting out against teachers who didn’t really know what they were doing—being unable to socialize appropriately with the other kids—beginning my over forty years of drinking…

Then, the whole farce of trying to go to college—three attempts—three strike-outs…

Of course, since I couldn’t ignore the fact that I was a Maverick, I thought I’d better do something that would “re-shape” me—help me get a life.

I joined the Navy…

Got a little knowledge, travelled to a couple foreign countries, picked up my drug habit—still a roaring Maverick…

So, I spent my 20s and 30s working my brain to a frazzle, still trying to get a life…

When I turned 42, I had finally done enough living and studying and conversing to realize a good thing when it came along—I became a member of an extremely modern but little known Faith…

Nearly thirty years later, I’m writing this “story”—still a Maverick, though somewhat civil about it—no longer doing various drugs—attempting to be healthy—struggling harder than ever to get a life…


What does it mean to “Get A Life”?

What does “Life” mean?

What is “Meaning”?


Pretty sure ya have to want to get a life; then, define, within yourself, what life means; then, define what meaning means; and then… things should go fairly well………


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8 responses to “Friday Story Bazaar ~ Tale Fifty-Five

  1. mermaidmouth August 4, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Really nice to read more about your history! :) I have a request, a post prompt, you could call it. “Getting a Life vs Getting your Life”. hahaha If the topic sparks anything within you, I do so want to know what the results are. :D
    Happy Friday, friend.


    • Alexander M Zoltai August 4, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Really nice, your knowing this was (mostly) about me—a slightly fictionalized though, in the main, accurate me…

      And, with due regard and thanks for your Prompt, may I direct your attention back to the story and ask if your Prompt-desire is actually fulfilled in said story………?


      • mermaidmouth August 4, 2017 at 5:32 pm

        First off, oops! I am sorry for assuming it was about you. That was dorky of me. I just recognized familiarities and assumed, but that is annoying because I HATE when people take your fiction and automatically try to make it about real life when it’s not meant to be. *facepalms* I’ll do better next time.
        About your question, I think it nudged toward the answer to a specific question about the character in the story, and the ending pretty much sealed everything away right and proper. Just for some reason, as always, I finished wanting more. I am a greedy, greedy reader. :)
        Also this reminded me of how we’re sometimes questioning ourselves about, you know, Am I living my life? Or am I living the life of the version of me who (as they say) gets the most applause?! Maybe I’m spiraling. You know I do this. hehe
        At any rate, you got me thinking! That’s no small feat.


        • Alexander M Zoltai August 4, 2017 at 6:32 pm

          My Dear MermaidMouth…

          It is “about” me—just a slightly “fictionalized” me… Like the way it jumps through decades of time with no words to capture the moments, and stuff like that…

          You are not, never were, and are incapable of being a Dork <— True Fact…

          And, you nailed where the story (as is) answered the urge of “Getting your Life”…

          You get three A+s and a rose iPhone………

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  2. dgkaye August 7, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I really enjoyed this Alex. :)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Alexander M Zoltai August 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks! It’s actually a slightly “fictionalized” short story of my life :-)

      Liked by 1 person

      • dgkaye August 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm

        Wonderful Alex. :)

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        • Alexander M Zoltai August 8, 2017 at 12:42 pm


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