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    Quote Originally Posted by Magrat Garlick View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    "Oh well, it'll be over with one way or another one hour/day/week/month etc. from now" is basically how I view all things in life that I don't enjoy tbh. Or at least I try to anyway.

    That said. Falling into the trap of allowing these things to cause you horrible stress is very easy. Being able to "step back" and see things for what they are and what is important in life etc., on the other hand, is not easy at all. For people without a good network of friends and family and/or financial stability it will probably often be literally impossible.

    Stresses associated with work, PhD, and general life stuff have all really got to me over the last few years. It actually got to the stage not so long ago that it was actually beginning to make me physically unwell, and when I look in the mirror these days I look (to me anyway) considerably older than I did just 2 or 3 years prior. It dawned on me not long ago that I really needed to get a handle on things and try to take a step back, otherwise some long-term direness may have been on the cards.
    Haha, sometimes I feel I'm all too ready to take that step back and let the stress dissipate.

    It's hurt me in some parts of my life that I regret. If I continued to stress out at certain points I may have made some better decisions that would have put me in a happier place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    Haha, sometimes I feel I'm all too ready to take that step back and let the stress dissipate.

    It's hurt me in some parts of my life that I regret. If I continued to stress out at certain points I may have made some better decisions that would have put me in a happier place.
    The problem is, is that it is easier said than done 99 tines out of 100.

    I realised I was taking my work home with me every day, working very long hours at home, and at weekends etc. and not really taking the time to actually do anything I enjoyed. I wouldn't go so far as to say it was making me actively unhappy, but I was definitely not very happy either. Since realising this, I've tried, somewhat successfully, to take a "there are more important things in life than work" attitude, and made more of an effort to actually live rather than just exist.

    The problem, however, is that, like nearly every other person, one needs to work to be able to exist. Saying "it's only a job" doesn't take away from the fact that without that job a person will not have the income needed to support a home or any kind of lifestyle. This is particularly true in target-driven occupations (including mine, I suppose), where you either hit your targets or your job will be in jepoardy.

    I have managed to negotiate that stumbling block by adopting a "well, fortunately I am white, male, well-educated, middle class, and have a very supportive family, and so whatever happens to me it will probably work out fine one way or another" attitude. There are plenty of people out there who do not have this sort of fallback though (obviously). Telling people who are worried about these sorts of things to "not worry", or that "there are more important things in life" etc. etc. can be about as much use as telling someone with depression to cheer up, it's often just not as simple as that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenZA View Post
    Biggest stress relief is I have no dependants. Saddest part of my life, is I have no dependants.
    I sometimes wonder how life would be so peaceful if I were on my own and just worrying about myself. Then I get that peace sometimes when the wife takes the kids to her parents' house for a week and I sit around in my underwear and play games or read a book. I love it. Then about 2 days in I start getting lonely and start sleeping with my daughter's blankie. Having a family is weird man.
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    Ive always had this fear that as soon as my life is where I want it to be (marriage, kids or buying a house) I'll get diagnosed with cancer lol

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    Since the thread title invited it:

    Taxation is theft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Since the thread title invited it:

    Taxation is theft.
    Solid contribution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    The problem is, is that it is easier said than done 99 tines out of 100.

    I realised I was taking my work home with me every day, working very long hours at home, and at weekends etc. and not really taking the time to actually do anything I enjoyed. I wouldn't go so far as to say it was making me actively unhappy, but I was definitely not very happy either. Since realising this, I've tried, somewhat successfully, to take a "there are more important things in life than work" attitude, and made more of an effort to actually live rather than just exist.

    The problem, however, is that, like nearly every other person, one needs to work to be able to exist. Saying "it's only a job" doesn't take away from the fact that without that job a person will not have the income needed to support a home or any kind of lifestyle. This is particularly true in target-driven occupations (including mine, I suppose), where you either hit your targets or your job will be in jepoardy.

    I have managed to negotiate that stumbling block by adopting a "well, fortunately I am white, male, well-educated, middle class, and have a very supportive family, and so whatever happens to me it will probably work out fine one way or another" attitude. There are plenty of people out there who do not have this sort of fallback though (obviously). Telling people who are worried about these sorts of things to "not worry", or that "there are more important things in life" etc. etc. can be about as much use as telling someone with depression to cheer up, it's often just not as simple as that.
    I went to a 4 day week a year and a half ago; I've genuinely worked 1 Monday since October 2017.

    Part of me worries that I have it too cushty when it comes to my working hours to progress; but at the same time I earn enough to pay my mortgage and have a modest standard of living. It's allowed me to spend far more time with my daughter than would have been possible working a 5 day week.

    Next step is to somehow reduce my hours (I still work 35 hours a week) whilst still being self sufficient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Since the thread title invited it:

    Taxation is theft.
    i agree, death is theft (of life) as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Since the thread title invited it:

    Taxation is theft.
    Profits are theft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZTailender View Post
    Profits are theft.
    Take it to the death and profits thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Take it to the death and profits thread.
    I thought this was the marketplace of ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Taxation is theft.
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    Profits are theft.
    Property is theft.
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