I woke up the other day and realised I'm not a collector or a buff. I wish I was one or the other.
There's that show on the ABC, 'The Collectors' or 'Antiques Something' or something... can't remember, anyway, I've watched it a couple of times and envied those people who collect things. It doesn't matter if it's tourist spoons, china dolls, ashtrays, stamps, ceramic frogs or Monopoly Boards; they have a reason to shop, and they are easy to buy for, and they have a life's work, as such. The only thing I've ever collected is regrets and ex-girlfriends (the two feed each other).
Then there's people on 'Einstein Factor' who are buffs on a topic. Any topic. They know a lot about something. I don't. I know a little bit about a lot of things, but I'm not an expert on anything. I've racked my brains trying to work out what my 'special subject' is. Stagflation is one possibility. Richmond Football Club 1980-2000 is another. Maybe Shakespeare, or Greek Mytholology, but my knowledge doesn't stack up against people who have spent years studying these.
Is it too late at 39 to start collecting something, or studying something to become an 'expert' in it?
Does anyone here collect anything, and what is your Einstein Factor topic? **
* If that's not already a title of a song by Morrissey, it should be.
** Gee, my post and and questions there are all a bit ABC talkback, isn't it? I should have known better and said 'cunt' a few times.