This post is also available in: Français
Today we talk to Paolo, our friend from Italy. Paolo’s a very interesting guy, as you’ll find out from his interview! Enjoy!
1 Name – Paolo Merolla
2 Profession – Medical doctor (Geriatrics) – I still pay to remain in the Association of Physicians, Surgeons and Dentists, but I had to leave my place at the hospital because of ethical questions (I suppose it’s not interesting what those issues were), then I opened a private practice but it lasted only a few months. Too high rent, too few patients.
I guess the correct answer is: unemployed since 2009, only a volunteer in two medical assistant centers, both run by religious groups.
Former rock ‘n roll radio host. Real radio, no silly internet.
3 What were you like as a teenager? – Shy, solitary guy, pretty anxious. I had many interests not linked between them. I don’t why. Family and teachers thought I was sort of a very intelligent person. I had an unjustified high valuation, and so I was a victim of bullying. But very slightly. Nothing significant about it.
I bought a couple of random records to check something , since then I only knew about rockabilly. Within a week I bought a cheap guitar, in two weeks or maybe less, my first band was rehearsing in a basement, more precisely a catacomb.
4 How have you changed since then? – I changed when I decided to become crazy, or at least that’s as the other thought of me. I’m in cure for severe depression (actually the diagnosis is longer). As anyone in that condition, I think I will have to continue taking pills after long years of talking with psychiatrists. In my opinion it’s useless. I won’t pretend but I knew better than them. I’m also a psychiatrist. It saddened me wasting all that money. I looked for self-help groups but they don’t exist here where I live. In the end, my opinion is I only have a common personality disorder (avoidant personality disorder). Those pills made me seriously fat as I never was before, plus now I’m impotent and I can’t control my bladder, and other minor signs and symptoms. They asked me to do the itinerary to get a disability pension. I don’t do it. Where I live there are already too many people who steal public money without any disease, unfortunately.
5 What do you like doing in your free time? – After they broke my guitar in a squat in Bologna, I don’t do anything but reading and listening to old recordings.
6 How long have you known your oldest friend? – Those friends I made in the long years after I quit listening and started playing were too many. Everyone asking this and that. I have no older friends. It’s hard they’re still trying to get in touch, but now I think they will stop trying.
7 Good things about getting older – You know so many things, I try to share because I think that is what I am supposed to do. I know that few of those unknown persons are doing very well. They changed their life. So being old is better.
8 Most difficult thing about getting older – Living alone
9 Advice, or words of wisdom, for young people about becoming old and wrinkly – “It will always go better, watching people you know dying, suffering, trying hard, or on the other hand continuing without thinking, will make of you a serene and happy person. Don’t think of the past, as being on the cover of a magazine, or the opposite: you could have done so much better.
Also, if you are in hard conditions, this is your victory (like I’m telling to you now, while obviously nobody knows about it). If so, you live the life of glory, not a new life. Your life is starting”
Facebook: Paolo Merolla
LinkedIn: I can’t remember if I’m still there. The alias was/is dr.Paolo Merolla
Instagram : thispunk
Others: I have many (free services) blogs and pages, but I only remember the name of one of them, How to lose part III.
Like our interview with Paolo? Don’t miss our others – “Talk”
Want to receive our newsletters? You’ll get latest news, events, and other goodies first! We send newsletters no more than twice a month – we won’t spam you and we won’t sell your email details!Follow us: