So, here’s what happened to lose a friend and reform the friendship from an old and good friend.
First let me describe my personality a little bit. I’m a born rebel (not so much a trouble-maker like a bikie; more someone who likes to do what they like to do; whatever that may be and someone who doesn’t like being told what to do.
If anyone is doing something that can be taken as “this is the only way to do something”, I’ll be that guy who has to find an alternative way to do it … even though my way may be completely wrong; I’ll still proceed and if I have to, also prove that yes, my way was not correct afterall.
I know this annoys almost everyone but let’s just say, I don’t care.
That pretty much sums up my attitude to the entire world; I ultimately don’t care about what others think.
The good news is that I realise this is a pretty dumb way to live. So, I am slowly realising that I actually have to care to be able to basically get along.
In the apocalypse I know I’ll survive by reviving my default attitude of I just don’t care but right now I have to change to survive in this world.
So, I want to care more and so I am working at restoring friendships and trying to develop deeper more meaningful relationships.
As an Aquarius, I know that there are certain people that will take an immediate dislike to me and luckily for me from my side, I will be able to basically overlook this and get along with 99.9% of the people I meet. It’s a gift from the universe to me to you (the greater world).
I’ll love you even when you hate me … which will drive some people to hate me even more … sad but true.
That’s me in a nutshell.
So, I meet some people at my work and we go out to watch the stars and camp over night on the other side of the Blue Mountains. We do this over a number of weekends … over the course of a few months. We’ve probably done this twice and we’ve gone out for drinks and lunches and dinners etc. The three of us.
Over time one of my friends is feeling down and I try to make them feel better and it’s a strange friendship. I’d like to get to know them better and they basically don’t want to.
Things come to a head and I being me decide to be totally honest and run the risk of either making or breaking the friendship. I’m too honest and the friendship busts up when I’m told the friendship should end now. So, I have honoured their request and I no longer communicate with them. This makes me sad. For a number of reasons. I like them still. I can be trusted and I wanted them to know that.
This actually makes me really sad. I don’t know why that is, I’m sure there is a deeper reason but I can’t figure it out right now.
So, I’ve lost a friend and I’m sad about that.
Regarding my old friend who I’ve forgotten why we’re no longer considered friends, well, I make contact with them via Facebook Messenger and we’ve started talking again. We’re going to meet up for a coffee over the next few weeks … we’re both pretty busy otherwise we’d like to meet up sooner.
I’ll let you know more about how this is going but only to the level of detail shown here already … I’d like to put that quote used at the end of movies from the 80s in here about people resembling anyone actually living being a complete coincidence but I can’t remember the actual exact words and it would just miss the mark completely.
A few days ago, I lost a friend.
Yesterday I got an old friend back.
So today, I am happy.
This old story is now over. A new story begins.
I’ve very recently been offered three jobs over as many days. One was paying an extremely good rate. One was offering a great package and one was offering less pay but the promise of a great match to some core ideas for life and work. It sounds a bit like the three bears story doesn’t it?
So, I took the last role paying less but offering more of a closer match to some personal life ideas. Although this role was actually offered first. The agencies offering the other roles wanted to put me forward for the other roles in case the first offer fell through for whatever reason (hey, it does happen).
Anyway, long story short, I have a new role and I’m loving it so far.
This story will now morph into an on-going journal of an on-going journey.
It’s so weird how job stuff works out. And I’m amazed at how little you can survive on for quite some time. I put everything (mortgage in particular) on hold and just kept on plugging away on job hunting while doing all the fun things I always wanted to do.
For example, my buying that old 35mm camera and taking heaps of photos and learning how to develop them myself or applying for acceptance into the Sydney School of Arts (yay, I got in) or starting to write a book, continuing drawing, recording some songs, starting a pod-casting career (Talk Earth Life), interviewing my mum (for the podcast above). It’s been great fun! I would highly recommend taking time out like this on a regular basis. There is so much trust that can be developed along the way. So much great learning and fun to be had with so much spare time.
It’s incredible how little attachment I have put into work now. Yet, I am more committed and motivated than I can remember. Yes, it may be because of the time out of work but I honestly can’t remember the last time I felt so stress free around work.
One of the other things I’ve picked up is meditation. Only 5 minutes in the morning so far; imagine what the outcomes may be after I build up to 20 minutes per day!
We’ll discuss this in another post.
3 months and 2 days of unworked, unhurried, blissful life!
What a gift!
Not wasted one second either (except maybe on some people who just don’t get how wonderful life is).
I’ve got two companies to follow up on tomorrow (Monday, 5th January, 2015) for my next gig. If nothing comes of those, I’ll be looking further afield for my next role.
I love Camden/Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart and Brisbane because I’ve visited theses places before; so I’ll be adding these locations to my list of possible destinations for my next job. Oh and in that order.
The thought of working somewhere new is always exciting to me. New places, new people, new sights and smells.
Hopefully , there will be lots to see and capture on 35mm film. If so, some of the better pictures will make it up here as a sharing and caring time for both of us to enjoy.
2015 promises to be a very exciting time. I can’t wait to see what unfolds for us both dear reader.
More posts coming and more pictures as soon as the next gig is secured and the film developed.
In the meantime, enjoy your hard earned freedom, feel the love and pass it on at every opportunity.
A quote, “Only one life, it will soon be past, only what’s done with the eternal I Am lasts.”
Hello fellow wanderers!
Some of you may have seen my post earlier this week on my day trip to Melbourne, when I walked around some of the laneways. Well, while I was returning to the train station, I noticed a crowd forming and decided to stop and see what all the fuss was about. Turns out there was a street performance about to start! His name is William, he comes from France and he was certainly a good performer. He had the crowd cheering, laughing and clapping along the whole way through. Anyway, I thought I’d share it with you guys so if you’re interested in watching just a short clip of his performance, either click on the video below, or follow the link to the video on my youtube channel.
Happy travelling! ❤
Pirate Bay was taken down during raids in Sweden this week, but the site has already resurfaced. If new laws are imposed in Australia, it may be taken away from us again, this time for good. Although today Communications Minster Malcolm Turnbull warned journalist’s to not report the reforms as an “internet filter”, that is exactly what it is. Turnbull’s plan is for internet providers to block any site that illegal downloads can be obtained, and that downloaders would be formally warned about any online copyright breaches.
Before I go any further, I want you to know that I understand why P2P (Peer-to-peer) is such a bad thing. In fact I used to be totally against it, for ethical reasons and what not. But over the years I will admit to having used websites like The Pirate Bay, as many other Australian’s have. Lately I have been wondering why so…
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Apparently this is an open letter from a Queensland based vet that has gone viral. I can see why it has everything were were trying to say at occupy written all over it. The 1930’s are back, grapes of wrath style with greedy banks turfing out farmers for a profit.
Warning: Banks may attempt to foreclose on you even if you have never missed a payment, it’s all about what ever suits the banks profit margin, not about law, due process or rights.
Politicians of Australia, the people are speaking – and you need to listen.
The team of people who are supporting David – who is flat out working and operating on horses right now – took a call from one of Australia’s most respected and best loved former political leaders this morning who said:
THAT VETS LETTER HAS BECOME A DEFINING MOMENT IN OUR NATIONS HISTORY..”
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Well, look at that … 11 weeks of unemployment.
I’ve updated my resume and covering letter to tell everyone how wonderful I am.
It’s so funny to read through what I have written and yet I am happy with it. I think what I’ve written is truthful and I am happy with the results. However it’s a strange thing to sit down and write about how good you are for someone you have never met before. But there you have it; that’s what we do now.
We can’t point to something we have made we point to a story of what we have made. I think because more and more of what has “been made” is actually electrons stored in a computer. Thus, difficult to see outside of a computer.
That’s another matter for another time.
I’ve had about six interviews. One left to find out how I’ve gone and obviously five others which have resulted in a negative response to my application for the opportunity to earn some good money while doing what I love to do.
I know my problem. I’m being too honest. Ah, life in the 21st Century, it’s so … grey!
I’ll work something out. Don’t worry.
In the meantime, rest assured, I’m enjoying my time off even more and looking forward to the next round of job applications in the New Year.
So for now, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
A while ago now, in fact, 31st August, 2013 … to be precise; 3:00am. This is when the idea came to me (like out of a dream, seriously) and I started black boarding the idea and writing it down in The Schack (my man cave).
This just sounds so weird. I’ll probably regret this.
Anyway, I still think this will work even with Apple Pay released in the USA already.
I don’t have the resources to get this going on my own; I’ve toyed with the idea of Kickstarter and approaching venture capitalists and actually approached a large very well know Australian bank to help me to get this idea going with their backing and I’ve also met with some funding people in Sydney (I even cold called Google – see their response below):
Here are my initial drawings and ideas and thoughts.
If it works, well, you’ll be reading about it on the Internet soon.
More to come.