Into the wild

By Nick • Lifestyle • 1 Jul 2011

Yea, for though I walk through the shadow of the valley of death, I am packing.

I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks – Daniel Boone

Today is day one of the new adventure. 1st of July. Contract with ABB completed on the 30th of June. It’s a Friday, so the new career will more “properly” start on Monday, however half the point of the new career is to abandon fairly meaningless constraints, like days of the week, and do the thing that seems right at the time that seems right. And right now it seems right to sit on the balcony with a coffee and think about direction.

Like Boone, I’m not lost. Nor am I particularly confused. Slightly cautious maybe. But ultimately I’m pretty sure I’ve made a big step in the right direction… just a fair bit of wading/swimming through swamps perhaps before I find solid ground again. However (as I’m sure you’ll agree if you’ve waded through a swamp) it’s much better to go wading than it is to stand forever on your small island in the swamp and watch the water level gradually rise and the edges subside. If you’re going to wade, better to do it while you’re still able to handle the occasional Anaconda/Alligator.

Anyway. I’m no fool. Found a gun and a boat – the future looks good. Good, and also mine. Great success.

6 Responses

  1. Nick

    For clarity’s sake, and considering my other recent post about just how fucked up guns are these days: the gun I refer to in the above is purely metaphorical… and the literal equivalent that would be handy in a swamp is for fending off alligators and anacondas.

    Unless it’s a mad-max type of swamp in an anarchistic world in which case a different set of assumptions should apply… but that’s what we’re trying to avoid, right?

  2. Andrew

    Even if the island didn’t get smaller you’d get so bored of it, resent it and then lose interest in all islands. Mmm I think that made sense at the start but now I’ve lost myself. Bed time.

    • Nick

      Précisément. I don’t think you’d ever lose interest in all islands though. But you’re right. Gotta keep on movin’ movin’.

  3. But what about sleeping & resting? I mean, islands have their use – especially for planning the next wading step.

    I guess what I’m saying is… what we need is…. directed wading ;)

    • Nick

      Amen. Directed wading tends to be more fun and less demoralizing… to say nothing of probably giving better odds of leading to a new more interesting and satisfying island. Although you can bump into some interesting stuff just wading wherever as well…

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