The View From The Cab.

The view from the cab
Sadly I could not disagree with a philosophical view on life expressed by a man from Colorado USA today. He said. “You need money to enjoy life” he didn’t say to ‘appreciate life,’ he said to ‘enjoy’. If you’re poor it’s hard to ‘enjoy’ this life.


About Danny Kemp

I was at work one sunny November day in 2006, stopped at a red traffic light when a van, driven incompetently, smashed into me. I was taken to St Thomas' Hospital and kept in for a while, but it was not only the physical injuries that I suffered from; it was also mental ones. I had lost confidence in myself let alone those around me. The experts said that I had post-traumatic stress disorder, which I thought only the military or emergency personnel suffered from. On good days, I attempted to go to work, sometimes I even made it through Blackwell Tunnel only to hear, or see, something that made me jump out of my skin and that's when the anxiety attacks would start. I told my wife that I was okay and going regularly, but I wasn't. I could not cope with life and thought about ending it. Somehow or other with the help of my wife and medical professionals, I managed to survive and ever so slowly rebuild my self-esteem. It took almost four years to fully recover, but it was during those dark depressive days that I began to write. My very first story, Look Both Ways, Then Look Behind, found a literary agent but not a publisher. He told me that I had a talent, raw, but nevertheless, it was there. His advice was to write another story and that I'm delighted to say, I did. The success of that debut novel, The Desolate Garden, was down to sheer hard work, luck, and of course, meeting a film producer.
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4 Responses to The View From The Cab.

  1. Danny, is this the same man from Colorado who pissed you off by asking how you were doing today? As for the point in question, my recollection is that at one of the most enjoyable periods of my life, when I was in my early twenties and my kids were being born, I was completely boracic. Now I can look back on those years and appreciate them, and that doesn’t require funds either.

    • dannykemp says:

      No Quintin that’s not him, but I like your comment re nostalgia. The best things in life are free. I’ve got three grand-children and money could buy the enjoyment I get from them.

  2. Yes, they’re great, aren’t they.

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