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The Year of Snakeoil

We’ve reached 2013. Despite doomsday prophecies – and their variations that we’d all be instantly enlightened.

Most people will only start trickling back to work from next week. Today was my first day back at work however. I was on leave for almost two weeks. All in all, 10 days of no work-related responsibilities.

The break was fantastic. I feel well rested and I managed to get a lot of personal things done that I’ve had to put off for months. Of course, I didn’t get through half of what I wanted to and now, responsibility calls yet again.

Last night, while driving home from my last film for the holiday, a thought struck me. Even though I felt ready to give the next two months all I could, I realised just how absurd this pattern really was: work 5 days a week, get home on the weekend, try to balance rest and fun but don’t get much of either because there are so many things that you want to do… Then – back to work. Where you waste away all your time doing things you “have to” in order to try to earn enough money to be able to afford to do the things you want to.

We all know this person (possibly even a friend): you go out for drinks, they overdo it. Completely. But it’s okay – they have a KGB pill. They can just cancel out the effects of their overindulgence. Or, you go out for supper and they eat like a pig. But it’s okay, because if heartburn sets in, there’s ENO. There’s a whole market of neutralising or cancellation drugs catering to this kind of behaviour. For fixing you; getting you back to normal when you do things you know full well you oughtn’t have.

Here’s an idea: don’t drink too much… Continue reading The Year of Snakeoil

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On not deciding what is impossible before it is even possible

“We begin to believe that these personal restrictions are, in fact, the fixed limitations of the world. We go on to live our lives, all the while wondering what we can change and how we can change it, and we calculate and re-calculate when we will be ready to do the things we want to do. And we dream. If only. If only. One day. Some day.

Debbie Millman

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Empty promises

Glasses on Newspaper

It is nearing the end of December. In a few hours, it will be Christmas and then 2012 will be all but over.

As we all know, endings usually lead to new beginnings, but for so many people, the end of the working year will just be followed by the beginning of the next working year (after the obligatory “breakaway” from it all).

For me, 2013 will be much more than that. I have a deadline. In just over two months, my work contract expires, and I have no intention of renewing it.

I don’t have a new job or career lined up. In fact, I intend to be free from work forever after February 2013.

I’ve been with the same company for six years now. Initially, the honeymoon was great. It was great for a really long time, actually. But, like all relationships coming to an end, we have both  (myself and my company) been in denial about the relationship’s waning status for quite some time now.  And, like so many relationships gone bad, we were both just sticking it out, despite mutual knowledge that it’s not working for either of us any more. It’s familiar, even though it’s horrible. It’s comfortable, in a stuck-in-a-groove sort of way…

I budged first… Continue reading Empty promises