I had a job, then I decided that I didn’t want the job. The trouble with taking employment in a completely new field is that you don’t know what to expect. I told my friends and they came up with a million questions that I should have asked before I was offered the job. I asked three questions. The answers weren’t terrible, just not quite what I was expecting. Having spent several days being happy at the prospect of finding work, I suddenly started to question what the hell I was letting myself in for and I didn’t like the answers. I went to bed thinking that I might turn the job down and in the morning nothing had changed.
In the end it was an easy decision to make. I have no idea how I had managed to delude myself that taking the job was the right thing to do. It was low paid and there was every chance of it being stressful. Reading a Guardian article about anxiety didn’t help. Actually, it wasn’t the article, it was the comments that followed. Hoards of people in jobs that they didn’t like and many of them with no way out. I don’t like the idea that I’m eating into my redundancy pay but it’s better than being depressed. When I took redundancy I took back control of my life – why would I give it up so easily?
Now what? Back to square one – happy but broke. At least I can back to writing my screenplay and all the other things I’ve put on the back-burner over the last couple of weeks. It’s going to hard motivating myself but I don’t want to sit around doing nothing, which incidentally is what I’ve spent most of today doing. It has been an odd sort of day, though. Life-changing, if you like.
On a more frivolous note, I came across a web site called BuyMeOnce.com. The company’s tag line is ‘Selling Products That Are Built To Last’ which probably tells you all you need to know. It’s an obvious idea and I’m surprised that it hasn’t been done before. The site has an interesting selection of products, but very little in the way of supporting evidence or reviews. It got me thinking, though. From my selection of stuff, what would I recommend?
Citizen watches. Although it’s not one of the glamour brands, Citizen make great watches. Mine is a solar powered divers’ watch. It’s beautiful and it’s built like a heavily armoured tracked vehicle. It impresses no one except me, and that’s how I like it. When I go camping, I never take it off and I often wear it on top of my coat sleeve, exposed to the elements. There’s no real need to, but it deserves to be seen. I like it so much that I’m tempted to buy another, just in case.
So forget Rolex, buy a Citizen and spend money you save on a Honda Jazz – yes, it’s boring and it’s driven by old people but if you appreciate what the motor industry call ‘packaging’ it can’t be beat.