Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Double edged sword.

Newton was right.... Every action force, does indeed, have an equal and opposite reaction force.

I am in absolutely no position to confirm any law of physics, but the law does seem to fit my life in mysterious ways.

Having chosen to be out of work, and to rest my weary bones, I am constantly amazed at the reaction this news would provoke in people.

People I haven't seen for years, seem to think that the topic of work is a suitable point of conversation. Rarely am I asked for my viewpoint on the war in Iraq, or my stance on global economics.

So, what are you doing now? The recurring question.

Nothing, the eternal reply.

Impossible, the look on all their faces.

As an addendum, I admit to playing lots of Nintendo.

It's difficult to garner any respect when you don't tow the seemingly employed party line.

I don't like being made to feel guilty about my choice though, and that's the bit that leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

Is it really so incredible that someone might choose not to work?

Today, as an example, and a rare one, I concede.... I woke up on the settee at about two in the morning. Rolled off the sofa, and switched everything off and went to bed.

Woke up around nine, and got some coffee and muesli. Played Nintendo while I ate my breakfast, and went back to bed.

Sucking on a nicotine lozenge and reading a book until I felt ready to get dressed. One in the afternoon. More Nintendo, more coffee, another lozenge.

I have to go pick Tom up from school in a bit, otherwise I may well have charged up my Nintendo DS and spent the whole day in bed reading, and playing games.

Whilst working, I would have daydreamed of days like this. Even on the odd duvet day, it would have been nigh on impossible to shake the nagging guilt far enough away to enjoy relaxing so much.

I refuse to feel bad about doing it..... For a while I am truly free.... to come and go as I see fit, and to do absolutely nothing if I so wish..... and I have wished long enough.


  1. As you know, FoXy, I completely, totally get it, wholeheartedly support it, and applaud you for doing it.

    I'd say more, but I must squeeze games into the few hours I can sandwich between sleeping and working. (pogopogopogo)

  2. Aye up Foxy! Couldn't agree with you more. I'm spending all my spare time looking for work wondering exactly why?! Like "Why don't you" said, think I should do something less boring instead