Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in South, East & North London (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 101 Saturday 21st May until 27th May 2016.
Monday to Friday I spend a lot of my time wishing my life away, I know this is wrong but when you’re stuck in an office in London there’s not a lot to wish for. In the morning I try to arrive as early as possible, this means I can make my way home as soon after 4pm as I can. To do this I have to wake up even earlier than I used to then squeeze myself on to already packed trains. I do wonder if any of the others sardines are trying to get in to work as early as possible so they can leave quicker.
As soon as the train doors open the race starts to get out of the station and in to the office as quickly as I can so I can log on to the computer. The quicker I do this the earliest I can leave in the afternoon. At the end of the day I travel home on another packed trains looking around for a seat, or hoping someone might give me one.
Once home I spend a few hours trying to relax after the stress of the day, do things that I need to and of course eat before going to bed early so I can repeat the routine the next day all over again. It’s really not much of a life if you think about it, but then 99% of us live like this. Who ever thought of the process of work really should have been put up against a wall and stoned or shot when they told everyone that they had a bright idea.
During the day I sit chained to my desk working out how much longer I have until I can leave. Once it reaches midday everything just seems easier. I usually have a late lunch at 2pm this means that once I start work again I only have an hour or so of the daily torture to go.
I know it’s not healthy to wish your life away but it’s what I have to do to get through the day, I suspect that most people feel the same.
Another way I get through the day is to think of nice things such as feeding squirrels and pigeons over the weekend. Sitting in Regents Park with my best friend waiting for squirrels to come over and take a monkey nut is something that lifts my heart. Some squirrels are bold they just strut up and demand a monkey nut a little like a mugger. Others appear all shy and take their time to come over looking around constantly making sure there’s no threat. Once they have taken the nut they scurry off to the safety of a tree or favourite bush.
I love to watch nature, it doesn’t matter if it’s a Whaleshark or Dolphin in the Indian Ocean, a Swan or a Rat on Hampstead Heath, a Robin in the garden or a Squirrel in the middle of polluted London. There is something so calming about being surrounded by a creature which is just going about their daily business, trying to survive.
That’s what I’m trying to do, just survive. Putting life in scuba diving terminology my buoyancy is overly negative I feel like I’m sinking to the bottom uncontrollably. To stop this I need to abandon some my extra weight (weight from my weight belt, not my tummy). I need to drop them which will allow me to float back to the surface. I know were not supposed to enjoy work but I am finding this so difficult at the moment. I didn’t get the job I was interviewed for last week, so I need to look around and find something less stressful. I don’t enjoy what I am doing at all; in fact I can’t bare the thought of doing this daily until possibly January next year.
I need to start looking for another job, something that won’t stress and upset me something that will allow me to write. In the meantime I must remember the wonderful times with nature big and small that always brings a smile to my face.
In other news…..
In other news: My small niece telling me something on TV was “Cool” I felt old. After a tough morning at work I spent a lunchtime watching children’s TV to relax, one of my bosses thought that was strange. When asking for 2 scoops of ice cream, the man asked me which order I wanted them; I shrugged saying “Don’t mind”, the look he gave me said wonders. A Friend taking off her tights in the open discreetly and no one noticed.
The Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have been watching: ”The Graham Norton Show”, (Season 19, eps10). “Have I Got News For You”, (Season 51, eps 8). “Upstart Crow:”, (Season 1, eps 3). “In The Club”, (Season 2, eps 4). “Witless”, (Season 1, eps 5). “Pure Evil”, (Season 1, eps 12 to 13). “Kabal Kitchen”, (Season 1, eps 6 to 9). “Locked Up”, (Season 1, eps 1 to 10). “Horizon: E-Cigarettes Miracle or Menace”, (2015/16 eps 10). “Kate Bush At The BBC”, (22/08/14). ”CBeebies Bedtime Stories: From Space!”, (eps 544). “The Clangers”, (Season 1, eps 26 to 32). “Frank Skinner On Demand With…. Chris Packham”.
This week I have mainly been listening to: ”LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (20 & 21 & 27/05/16). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Mid-Week)”, (25/05/16). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (26/05/16). “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Highlights)”, (23, 24, 25 & 26/05/16). “Morrissey”, “Artic Monkeys”, Badly Drawn Boy”, “The Kooks”, “Florence & The Machine”, “The Verve”, “Kate Bush”, “.