Joseph Campbell said;
“I think the person who takes a job in order to live – that is to say, for the money – has turned himself into a slave.”
Joseph, most famously wrote ‘Hero With a thousand Faces’ which posited the theory that all mythologies boil down to the same basic principles of story telling. That is to say, there is nothing original about the hero’s journey and that it has all been done before.
Sounds much like modern society.
There is very little which differentiates my journey from anothers, mostly in the aspect that I work, I come home, I conduct the menial aspects of my existence with as much aplomb as possible and then I return to work.
Rinse and repeat.
My life had become such a sustained yo-yo of work, parenting, menial tasks, sleep and repeat that I didn’t even know what my job was anymore, never mind having the time to plumb other depths, such as, ‘what is my favourite colour?’, ‘do I like jumping in puddles?’ and ‘if I had the time to learn to ride a unicycle, would I put it to proper use?’
So I have finally remedied the situation… I am now unemployed.
My last day of work has been and gone and I am falling upon the uncertain currents of the future. Willingly and without fear.
Okay, maybe a little bit of fear.
I am a single dad and this has with it responsibilities which I take more seriously than anything. Chief among those, I have come to realise though, is not a financial one, but one of real responsibility; ensuring my kids know that life is to be lived. To let thm know that a job is a job, but to work at something, something you might truly love, that is what life is all about. It has nothing to do with money, but with passion. Chase the latter and let it lead you to the former.
So, what next? What am I going to do now?
To be honest, I don’t know for sure, but I think I’m going to try and be myself. That will be my new ‘job’.
I’m going to invest in the mighty corporation ME and put my hours into building it up into the best little ME in the local area. Perhaps the universe. I have not yet consulted with the major shareholder in the enterprise on the subject (ME!).
I’m going to take a punt on myself, something which I have never done before. I have talents, skills, some possibly heretofore never exploited and I intend to exploit every last one of them.
I’m going to live a little life of vast importance, even if only to myself.
I have laboured under responsibility, sometimes needlessly. I have whittled away the hours, days and weeks supporting no one but the guy at my local bottle shop and doing nothing of importance at times. I have been studious and lazy. I have been effervescent in the face of life and vomited on its shoes.
It is time for something different.
Just like Captain Quinn trying to teach Jaws to play fetch, it could be a spectacular disaster.
But it will be my disaster. Copyrighted and trademarked to one, ‘stupid, welsh git who should have known better.’
But I will know better, regardless.
I will not be a slave.
I will be nothing but who and what I choose to be.