Today is a bit of an anniversary for me.
No, it’s not my birthday or my wedding anniversary or anything like that.
It is in fact the 50th anniversary of The Great Storm of July 10th 1968 in Cheddar.
You may well ask why it should be such a big feature in my life, but in fact it was. It wasn’t so much the storm itself, but rather the summer in Cheddar that changed the course of my life in a rather profound way and the storm did indeed play its part in that.
There were a few little milestones during that hot summer that passed unnoticed at the time but were to shape my future in subtle ways. It was a perfect example of the Butterfly Effect.
It was the start of a couple of friendships that in turn were to lead to other friendships. It was the summer I started to play the guitar which in turn was to lead to other Butterfly Effects.
I can safely say that if I hadn’t gone to Cheddar that year my life would have taken a significantly different path. The storm itself did pay one significant role though. It changed my personality in a very subtle way – I matured overnight. I gained a confidence in myself that had been absent before.
There’s nothing like a near death experience for doing that.