“Quit slackin’ and make shit happen!” – Anonymous
The big opportunity of time (16 months) was made available to me and I wasn’t able to use it wisely and efficiently. I give my performance a 1.5 stars out of 5.0. One benefit I can take away is the knowledge of what NOT to do if a slacker opportunity or retirement comes and how to create a list of things to do.
The description of slacker horror:
Got laid off in August 2016. Went hiking with Ray to Mount Robson was a good start. Then I rented a room in my apartment to a worse slacker than me and I have to bribe this loser a month later to go away. Then I get a call from the scammer real estate broker that my Manila condo will be sold. I stayed in Manila for two boring months and missed a lifetime of opportunity of watching the Culture Club and Pet Shop Boys!
I was able to visit OZ and NZ which I thought has closed a substantial part of my bucket list. But only to get a call that my apartment unit was robbed and car stolen and missed the concert of Bituin Escalante and Kuh Ledesma!
February – May 2017 is wasted time. In June I was able to catch U2 in Bonnaroo but I have to sell my tickets to the US Open of golf and had a discovery of the bad state of human relations in the US South and Midwest. Summer was low energy and I wasn’t even able to write a short story or article, compose a lyric or paint anything.
August-December, I stepped up my application only to witness the sad state of a downturn job market. Montreal travel was good but New York was disappointing. The lopsided President’s Cup was anti-climactic but the World Gymnastics was a pleasant surprise.
Guide to the next slacker season:
- Make a plan with specific milestones, and stick with it. Re: writing, painting, travel etc.
- Get a vehicle and trailer that is ready for travelling on short notice for outdoor and long-distance adventures. South America? No problem!
- Save as much money when gainfully employed and set up a slacker fund to amplify spending.
- Off load properties or increase security and protection.
- Never hesitate in taking part in juicy events especially once in a lifetime ones.
- Increase circle of friends. Connect with everyone around you.
- Establish ventures that could be alternative sources of income and use your time.
- Go out. Have fun. Enjoy life. Be optimistic. Play golf. kayak. etc. etc.
- Set a space to reminisce all the fun you had in the past and reconnect (if possible).
- Make a list of the adventures you want to indulge and make it happen!