Shedding

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Prompted by Peter asking: “What changes would bring greater freedom into your life? What situation or persons would you happily shed if you only could? Make a start here. Use a false name if you want.”

What changes would bring greater freedom into your life? What situation or persons would you happily shed if you only could? Make a start here. Use a false name if you want.

So, for this post, I’ll be Constantino..

So, what would I change. The first one is easy, my job profession. I kind of fell into this whole Technical Authoring thing and I do enjoy aspects of it but having explored most of them, it is somewhat limited. Information Design is an area I’d like to get into a whole lot more, but the realities of business typical quash any thoughts of ‘researching theories’. What would I do instead? I’d love to be a proper web designer, write books, go to conferences. I’m guessing the only thing that is stopping me, is me.o

Although that’s not true. One thing that would bring greater freedom is money. I’m past the materialistic excesses of my youth, to be honest, other than the odd CD here and there, a few gadgets and the like, the whole shopping thing leaves me cold (admittedly that might be due to the restrictive budget). To have no, or at least less, money worries would change a lot of facets of my/our life.

As for persons, I wouldn’t shed any as I’m quite a private person with few real friends as it is. Admittedly there are certain members of my family that could do with a good clip round the ear now and again but then you don’t choose your family.

Situations? I don’t think I’d shed any. We are what we become and the situations, good and bad, in our lives shape us. Around 5 years ago was an all time low for us, but we both agree it has made us stronger and we are almost at the point of it becoming part of everyday conversations (as opposed to late-night, heartfelt discussions).. almost but not quite.

Is it really that simple? Will my happiness be improved simply by changing jobs/professions. Probably. But how easy is it? Given that I have debts that will need to paid, I can’t just chuck my job and go work in a zoo. So I’m guessing that it isn’t easy at all, or is it purely a matter of attitude?

Question: If I declare myself bankrupt, can I start over?

(Apologies Peter, somewhere in the middle of all that I appear to have hijacked your question).

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