#59 Sick – ‘The Luckiest Unlucky Man’

In 1945, a very lucky unlucky man called Tsutomu Yamaguchi was on a long business trip to Hiroshima. He had been there for a couple of months already and was familiar with the area. At 8.15am he was walking to work to pick something up when he saw an aeroplane flying in the distance. He watched as the aeroplane then proceeded to drop, the now infamous, Little Boy atomic bomb. Mr. Yamaguchi, was badly burnt, temporarily blinded and burst both ear drums. OK, I think we can file that under ‘A bad start to the day‘.

Amazingly though against all the odds Mr Yamaguchi survived.

Now, I’d never want people to think I am comparing a bout of depression to, say, Mr. Yamaguchi surviving the first ever atomic bomb used in war – OK, that is exactly what I am doing. But the depression did come out of no where and, it certainly rendered me house bound for a few days. Thankfully though, I survived, I turned a corner and after my brief setback, I started to make my way back into reality – just like Mr. Yamaguchi.

That is because even more amazingly Mr. Yamaguchi not only survived the atomic bomb, but he left his business trip in Hiroshima and headed back to work only 3 days later… in Nagasaki. Just in time to be hit by the Fat Man, the second atomic bomb dropped by the Americans on Japan.

OK, so a bad day turned into a bad week, it can happen to anyone.

I mean, I just got over my bout of depression, and began feeling creative again, then today; sick (again). Hit by the flu (again). That is the second time in 2 weeks, making that an official Sickness Sandwich™; flu-depression-flu. Although in fairness the side dish of anxiety has been missing during that time.

So there we go if Mindfump. Mr. Yamaguchi has taught you anything, it is that it takes a hell of a lot more than a couple of set backs* to keep us down. So I say, yes! I have gone through another bout of depression, and yes! I have got the flu again, but no way will I let it stop me from moving on. How could I? after hearing of Mr. Yamaguchi; hit by two atomic bombs and still making it to work… OK, I did call in sick to work today, but to be fair my throat is killing me.

Mindfump.

*Slightly under playing the severity of the Atomic Bomb droppings.

 

 

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32 Comments

  1. S. Hansen

    Glad to hear the positivity has returned again too!
    And as a side not (because nuclear bombs always remind me of this) the first piece of science fiction I ever read (and what made me realise what a great genre it was) was the short story ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ by Ray Bradbury. It’s not only a great piece of writing and warning about nuclear weapons. But it’s also a startlingly good prediction of future technology.

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    1. Mindfump

      Thanks Hansen, I’m feeling good despite the flu. I have actually heard of Ray Bradbury… I don’t know anything about the genre in general but I know that name. Is he some kind of pioneer or did he do other things outside of this?

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        1. Mindfump

          Ahh ok, I still don’t know that novel but I have definitely heard the name. I’ll have to check out the short story. You good? Did I miss your post again. I’ll have to go re-check the feed or check your site.

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          1. S. Hansen

            Yeah I’m doing a lot better than usual, on account of the trip home 😀
            Haven’t done a post yet though, struggling to find inspiration today.
            Visits home keep me pretty busy so not much time to roll around thinking of things to write about :p

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  2. Buffy Devane

    Nice post, Mindfump… and unless I’m much mistaken [which, admittedly, happens often] Mr Yamaguchi lived into the 21st century, and well into his nineties? Early setbacks, no matter what size, can often be followed by much, much human prosperity.
    Just thought I’d mention it.

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      1. Buffy Devane

        Phew: you learn something every day! I must look up some of the interviews that I’m assuming must be around online.
        Feel better, mon ami… if you can, try to find something to make you laugh: it can speed up the recovery process by up to a day. (Something to do with the circulatory system…)

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          1. Buffy Devane

            That’s rather interesting… the nuclear age is both terrifying and oddly fascinating, I find.
            Haha, “beware the man who giveth too much advice… he might just be a smartass”. 😉 But you’re most welcome.

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          2. Buffy Devane

            I thank you, Mindfump… haha maybe I should get some business cards printed? “Buffy Devane ~ Smartass” ? Actually it’d be interesting to know what kind of reaction those cards could elicit. 😉

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