Gerald Freeman – Author and Sculptor
Readers, we have our first guest on Rambling On… Gerald Freeman. A free spirit, but not always so. A brave man who took his apparent fate and essentially redefined it to meet his own wishes and hopes for life. A true believer that you don’t ever need to accept the hand you have been dealt.
Gerald has exhibited his sculptures across various countries. He is an animal lover and has authored a book, the title of which I found to be bold, shocking and terrifying. All adjectives he would probably be proud to hear me say. Read Gerald’s story and all may become clear…
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Kill Daddy by Gerald Freeman, is the story of Gerald’s escape from a life of abuse and the travels which followed. He has selected his 10 questions from 50 and supplied the first addition to the list of both interviewees and author questions. But now it is time to let my guest do the Rambling On…
Gerald Freeman, over to you…
Q3. What are you currently working on and why should readers buy it?
The book I am currently working on is called ‘I Don’t Believe God Wrote The Bible’. It will be a fun, yet inspirational read. I hope to inspire anybody curious about the enigma of Life and the billions of different personalities that make up the population of our planet. Every single one of us is born into a unique home, at a unique time, and will react uniquely to the environment and experiences we have here on Earth. This book is part of my journey through life, but at the same time, one we all have to make: growing up. I wasn’t inspired by any of the possible futures on offer to me in England, so at the age of twenty, I went off hitch-hiking around the world in search of something to fill up the next sixty years of my life with.
“I escaped from an abusive household when I was fifteen”.
I escaped from an abusive household when I was fifteen. That is when my travelling began. I swore to beat the memories that were dragging me down. To go out into the world and fight for the life I deserved. Not the one I felt I was doomed to. I promised myself I would follow my heart one hundred percent. I hoped to grow up into the real me, and not a watered down version of who I could be. This led to one hell of an exciting ride, thrusting me into situations and throwing opportunities at me, opportunities which I never imagined could even exist. This journey was fundamental in creating the foundations for who I would become, the man I am today. It contributed a great deal towards the healing and helping me cope with memories from the past. The Memories could so easily have destroyed me. But, this is a positive, shocking and often comical story of my life on the road, and the different directions people choose to take.
17. To Be or Not To Be…. What is your question?
Are you really YOU? This is the question I have always endeavoured to answer in the positive; “Yes”. I definitely haven’t found it as simple as that, though, because no matter how hard I tried not to let the past affect me, reluctantly I have had to admit, it is a part of who I am. However, by following our hearts, I believe we maximise our chances of becoming the kind of person we aspire to be. I noticed very early on in my travels, that if we go with the flow, we soon become part of a huge river, with connecting tributaries all over the planet. Coincidences become a part of life, and the word family, is not restricted to those who share the same bloodline. Happiness and contentment naturally follow, if you live the life you want to, and not the one you think you were dealt.
18. How many books have you written and what are they called?
I have notes and thoughts written down on scraps of paper and on bits of torn up cigarette packets. They are strewn about the house and some date back to my teens. Six years ago, I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, which meant I spent two years treating and, luckily, recovering from it. During this time, I was pretty much confined to my house, and this is when I began putting all my thoughts together into books.
“Kill Daddy, which is the story of my journey to East Africa”.
I wrote three: Kill Daddy, which is the story of my journey to East Africa, at a time when the demons from the past were threatening to destroy me, yet again. I spent two years living in the remote villages of Kenya and Uganda, and the reader will get a truly honest view of life in Africa. Again the book focuses on Life, and struggles common to many of us. The second, I am editing now, is called I Don’t Believe God Wrote The Bible, due out in 2014, and the third is Not For Love Of Money. The third book begins immediately after my return from Africa, where I had been living with some of the poorest communities in the world, only to end up being picked up on a beach in Portugal by a wealthy Baroness, and catapulted into the world of jet set and aristocracy. This was a defining moment, and during the course of the story, I am confronted with some of the most difficult decisions of my life, which will eventually lead to the kind of person I become. Do I fall in love with the woman, or the lifestyle? Is financial security any consolation for selling your soul? If I say more, it will be a spoiler…
19. How many pets do you have and how did they get their names?
My wife Eva, and I, have two dogs: Caya and Nina, neither of which was planned. Fourteen years ago, we moved house, and after a laborious day of shifting boxes and furniture, we finally sat down to enjoy a celebratory glass of wine in our new home. Before we had even raised a glass, the phone rang. It was one of our old neighbours; he said we had forgotten a box in the garden. I didn’t drive, so my wife went with her daughter to go and pick it up. She returned with the ugliest puppy I had ever seen, who we immediately fell in love with. We supposed a neighbour had put her in the box, hoping we would give her a home. Because she seemed to fall out of the sky, we named her Caya, which is a play on the Portuguese word Cair, (to fall).
“Our other dog was given her name by the women in the local bakery.”
Our other dog was given her name by the women in the local bakery. I first noticed her carrying a small paper bag in her mouth, and I watched as she disappeared into a bush and then reappeared without the bag. She trotted off back up the road and into the local bakery. Shortly after she came out with another paper bag in her mouth, nipped into the hedge again, and reappeared, only to start the whole process again. It transpired she had puppies, and for two months she relied on the food donated by the ladies in the bakery to feed her babies. Eventually, they found their feet and began spilling out onto the road, so the whole village made a concerted effort to home them before they got run over. One night, I came home to find Nina frantically looking for all her pups. With the best of intentions, we had placed them all with caring families. She seemed so lost and confused, and was definitely a great mother who deserved some loving herself, so I felt she should come home and live with us.
29. How do you get in the mood to write?
I am always in the mood to write, and there will never be enough years in my life to write all the stories I have in my mind. I am passionate about Life, and I believe that sharing our experiences on this planet will make us a much more tolerant, and caring society.
32. Underactive or hyperactive….give an example?
Given that I haven’t sat still for the last twenty years, I have to say hyperactive. I reached a point, where I had been on the road for many years, in search of something to be. It had always been enough just to travel and learn new languages, or experience new things, but, after Africa I felt a need to contribute more to the world. I decided to write, and I also discovered sculpture, which are the two mediums I want to communicate my ideas to the world with. I am striving to find a platform from which to give back, by promoting awareness about the plight of people living in the poorest countries of the world, and by sharing stories about life that everyone can relate to. Until I reach this goal, I will never be able to sit still.
40. Swimming in the sea or swimming in a pool, does it make a difference?
If you are an uprising (young rasta) and you want to have a good set of dreadlocks, it makes a big difference. I learned to make dreadlocks the age old traditional way, whilst living in the Caribbean. Using a tea towel and a bit of water, sticky juice from the leaves of the Hibiscus tree is extracted, and then rubbed into the hair. After letting it soak in for an hour, the idea is to dive into the sea and let it wash out naturally. Repeating this for some days, forms a good solid foundation for thick, strong dreads: using pool water would not be cool.
44. Skiing or sunbathing?
I have to say both, because I believe you can have your cake and eat it. I spent six years in France, working and skiing in the Alps during the winter seasons, and then spending all the money I had earned, laying on the beach in Cannes, during the summer. It is a fantastic lifestyle, which I’d recommend to anyone, and on top of it all, you get a super cheap ski pass, as much food and wine as you can handle, and you make friends for life.
49. What question would you add to Ramble on?
If you had the power to change one thing in the world, what would it be?
50. Why should you be in The Word, Volume 2?
I believe my voice has a place in The Word because it is unique, and comes from the heart. I write about something every single person on the planet can identify with: Life. I know that I have gone out in the world, and done things that many only fantasise about. This is why I feel I should have a chance to inspire people to follow their dreams, and to be an example of how it is possible for us all to realise them, if we dare. A dream is something we have when we are asleep, and its misuse to represent anything we have been conditioned to believe is not something we can attain. It undermines the potential of every individual on the planet. If instead, we inspire people to follow their hearts, and not educate them about the futility of chasing their dreams, the world as a whole will be capable of achieving so much more. I believe my books can help do that.
SD Comments: Gerald Freeman, Thank you for your time.
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The Gerald Freeman (Aldridge) interview took place on 19 March 2014.
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