Wednesday 21 January 2009

The Merry- Go-Round of Life

Sometimes it feels like life is just one big merry-go-round... endlessly turning and turning and never really getting anywhere - or maybe that is just my life!

Starting a new venture and changing careers (particularly in these uncertain economic times) is scary- there are days when I think of packing it all in and going back to a secure, office job as a lawyer where a nice little paycheck comes in each fortnight, with 4 weeks PAID holiday leave, PAID sick leave, an IT department (oh how I wish I had an IT guru to sit by my side and hold my sweaty little hand when things go awry with my computer), a speaker phone (anyone else get slightly frustrated sitting on hold for any length of time on a land line with no speaker? arghhh, the frustration blog fans, the frustration!), free stationary (not that I would ever advocate using office stationary for personal use 'cos that would be just plain wrong ;), nice office toilets (not that our toilet isn't nice but, well, it is rather lovely to be using somebody else's toilet paper and squirty soap- not to mention the Dyson Airblade hand dryer-instead of my own) and most importantly, other humans readily at hand to listen to my moaning, share a giggle and office gossip (not that I would ever advocate office gossip of course!)

But then... I stop and give myself a long hard talking to, NO!, I don't want to get to 60 and not have followed my dream because it was just too much hard work, because it required too many sacrifices, because it was too tiring, because everyone else said not too, because I was too scared, because I didn't believe in myself, because because because.....

So on I solider.
I leave you with a Dr Seuss quote which I really like:
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know.
And you are the one who'll decide where you'll go.
Oh the places you'll go" Dr Seuss
Photos are from Bordeaux


  1. very inspirational Ned!!!!!

  2. Hee Hee!! Or depressing, depending on which way you look at it!!
    I am loving the Dr Seuss action though- what a Cat! (um, in the Hat)

  3. Your Merry-Go-Round reminds of Kodak's Carousel because of this scene from 'Mad Men'.

    "This device… isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine.
    It goes backwards, forwards.
    It takes us to a place where we ache to go again.
    It’s not called the Wheel.
    It’s called the Carousel.
    It lets us travel the way a child travels.
    Around and around and back home again, to a place where we know we are loved." - Man Men, Series1 Eps13.

  4. What a lovely post! Very inspirational!

    PS - I'm perusing your blog (from its inception) and finding your photos to be outstanding. I hope you don't mind if I link you on my blog as well! :)

  5. Thank you so much,Diana, for just reading my blog. I just re-read this post and pretty much feel the same way as I did back in January- the seasons have changed but I am still on the damn merry-go-round!

  6. This post really struck a chord with me. I can relate to everything you say in that post right now, as I recently quit my job. Bravo to you for pursuing your dreams. :) You inspire me.