The Rim of the World

I had a Prof once who was bright, funny, generous and wise. He had a very  good grasp of life in both theory and practice.

His advice for when times got rough was to: Get yourself out  onto the rim of the world and weather the storm from there. 

Being on the rim of the world lends perspective and opens up all sorts of new angles on things.

As I would climb out the window of  life, I invariably found myself on a chair-o-plane flying round and round with childish excitement.  Chair-o-planes were forbidden fruit in my youth as my father had a vision of the whizzing apparatus spinning so fast that we’d be catapulted to kingdom come.


The thing is: can you be on the rim of the world without at least a hint of danger?  It’s all about balance, in every respect, and knowing the tipping point.

The garden swing had quite an element of the rim of the world about itWind flying through flowing hair, legs propelling the seat to go higher and higher, ropes creaking, carving out magical angles and giving  Over the Top a meaning that could and would never be forgotten.


Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

14 thoughts on “The Rim of the World”

  1. One of my supervisors used to say when you were in a difficult place in life, “Find something bigger than yourself.” I have used that a lot–in practice as well as in my head–during those tough times that happen to us all. Finding something bigger than yourself resonates with me in terms of get out on the rim of the world and weather the storm from there. The rim of the world, of course, is much bigger than our selves, and in which direction one takes to weather the storm from that standpoint is very dependent upon the direction in which we one is looking for a path…or for no path and rather creating one.

  2. T’is the rim of the world, yes indeed. Another way to grab it is to ride a motorcycle in an ice storm.

  3. Hello Sheryl, yes, I agree that the balance part can be tricky but I think it’s probably easier on the rim of the world than in lots of other places!

  4. Reblogged this on Salty Pinches and commented:
    Sounds like Jean was taught by a good Prof. I’m reblogging in the spirit of sharing wisdom from the uni of life. Keep on tipping your tipping points!

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