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Stop the world.

... I want to get off for a while

     
7:54 pm on May 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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anyone felt like that?

web or otherwise, I think we learn more when something happens that makes us feel like that..

or am just in a phase?

8:14 pm on May 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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am I just in a phase

Don't know about that, but I do know you're not alone. :)

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8:21 pm on May 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I think we all get like that sometimes , the answer is to find something to help recharge the batteries

for me it is to sit and dangle a few worms , nice to catch a fish but it is not even that important just unwinding , or to take the dogs for a long walk in the local forest

You notice both involve being outside and as often as not when my head hits the pillow that night I sleep like a baby and wake up recharged

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8:24 pm on May 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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You should try skydiving... it's amazing
8:42 pm on May 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I want to stop the world and reconfigure it.
8:50 pm on May 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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am I just in a phase


Don't know about that, but I do know you're not alone.

LisaB

Definitely not alone.

For me, it's just hit me that I've got bang on three months left at work before the baby is due, and about six months worth of work to do. Not even thinking about all the changes that come after the baby.. just can't see my way through the next 13 weeks.

I don't know if I want to get off the world so much right now, as just have it go into slow motion while I work at normal speed.

11:19 pm on May 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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anyone felt like that?

When I see people put more energy into working the system rather than making the most out of their gift of life, when I see our youths consider baby-popping as an occupation, when I see children left alone for hours on end so their parents can pursue their own selfish needs, when I see every generation of children more selfish and less skilled to positively deal with the world than the last, when I see road rage and people break into a fistfight over a parking place, when I hear the words car bombing, terrorism, and random acts of violence, when I see we haven't learned a damn thing in several thousand years . . . . yeah I get like that.

But I am also a romanticist, and have an undying faith that humanity will pull it's head out of it's collective tail. Which is probably why I haven't gotten off. :-P

12:44 am on May 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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You need to read "The Road".
4:31 pm on May 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Claire,

It is the cycle of things that arranges that comfort zone, once the cycle gets big enough and adding to it just does not affect the flow, it becomes boring. Relaxing doesn’t help either. It needs to be something extreme, totally off course.

5:00 pm on May 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I was thinking that it would be nice to be able get off, catch up with all those things that have built up, take a good look around and a deep breath and get back on, the same place I got off (wouldn't want to miss out!)

Then perhaps there would be time for skydiving, or something completely different.. :)

ahh.. a nice pipe dream

>>not alone
I didn't think so.. I guess things just move so fast these days it's getting time to stop and take a breath, enjoy each other, play with the kids etc. that's being forgotten

and, I'm with you rocknbil, I'm an eternal optimist really :)

4:21 pm on May 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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>optimist

Become a pesimist, then, each day when everything turns out ok you'll be more than delighted! ;)

4:32 pm on May 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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hehe, reverse engineering at it's finest :)
4:58 pm on May 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Suzy, if you figure out a way, i'm in!
6:08 pm on May 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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In . . . or off? :-)
6:34 am on June 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Go for it! Were a short time living and a long time dead.
2:21 am on June 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Sometimes what's needed is to change what you're doing for a while... not to do nothing.
1:54 pm on June 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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This is not a lament. This is context for responding.

Imagine that your significant other suffers from an illness that is cyclical and does great violence to the good order of life. Imagine you have two young children and your nearest family member/relative is 100 miles away and either aged or employed full-time. Imagine you are a professional with feet in two worlds, one where the world demands professional standards of service and behavior every day and the other - the one you labor at just in case the cyclical maelstroms get worse, making work outside the home impossible - demands all manner of skills, expertise and other significant investments of time, self and money.

I have been wanting or waiting for the world to stop - for respite - for about 20+ years. Whilst waiting I have found refuge in very small "world stoppages": A very decided and not uncommon walk in a garden, a drive to work in a convertible, time spent with dogs, a bicyle ride instead of a car ride to perform errands, a few "think hours" in a Starbucks at the local big box bookseller, . . even time spent foo-ing around at a certain webmaster hangout. ;)

The more intrusive or disruptive the world the more one needs to become an expert in small world stoppages.

I would add to that some form of vigorous physical activity is likely the best palliative for a world that sometimes won't stop. If need be that activity itself can mingle with what otherwise might pass for work: Vigorous yardwork, whirlwind housecleaning, that bike ride I mentioned, whatever might combine phyiscal effort with the work that life adds to our must do list. Been there. Resorted to that. Survived, waiting for the day when my life choices are a) go fishing; b) plant flowers; c) putter around in the garage building something of wood. Amen.

 

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