Monthly Archives: December 2013

Getting rid of baggage

Baggage comes in many forms.  Sometimes it’s “stuff”, sometimes it’s emotional baggage.  Other times it can be people.  Everyone probably knows someone who isn’t good for them to be around, who brings them down.  That’s not good.

Recently I’ve taken the decision to step away from people who are like that.  There’s two people who fit that bill at the moment, and while initially there’s a bit of guilt at cutting them off, as you think about when they WERE being a good friend, and start to doubt what you’re about to do, when you actually bite the bullet and do it, the sense of relief and the weight that lifts from your shoulders is immense.  They won’t be able to let you down again as they won’t be in your life.

Now, I don’t wish these people ill, and I don’t hate them, it’s not like that.  It’s just that I can’t take constantly being let down, and feeling bad because off someone else.

Take that step, and don’t be around people who are not good for you.

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Another year (almost) over

So my planned clear-out hasn’t (yet) been as thorough as I’d hoped, but I am getting there.

There was a bit of a “take a deep breath and just do it” moment when I managed to get some stuff bagged, and binned.  If I’d put it in a charity bag, there’s a danger I’d have changed my mind, but when you’ve turfed something in the bin, and topped it off with the contents of a dirty litter tray, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’re not going to change your mind.

The fact that I had to go to that extreme to actually bin something, got me thinking.  When we accumulate “stuff”, we also take on board psychic baggage along with the physical item.  It’s that baggage that makes it hard to get rid of stuff.  We form memories and associations with objects, and that in itself isn’t a problem, it’s when there’s too much stuff, and too many attachments, that we can’t let go of, THAT’S when it becomes a problem.

Can’t throw a book or t-shirt out because it reminds you of an ex?  Or an ex gave it to you?  Well, you can.  It’s only an object, and getting rid of it won’t diminish the memories of the times you had together.  It’s a book/t-shirt/whatever, it’s NOT the person.  Will you ever read it again or wear it again?  If the answer is know, then you CAN get rid of it.  And believe me, the sense of mental relief when you do, makes it all worth it.  You have thrown away a “thing”, not the memories attached to it.  Those you still have and always will.

If you can, donate the stuff to a charity shop, let someone else who will wear/read/use it get the benefit.

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Selfie alert

Selfie alert

Selfie in the lift just before heading out to the work Christmas do.

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Christmas lunch

Well, tomorrow is the work Christmas lunch, so tomorrow it’s on with the kilt and come lunchtime, off for an afternoon of face stuffing, followed by a few beers.

There’s some colleagues who for their own reasons aren’t going, but are doing their own thing.  I’ll be meeting up with them afterwards for a drink before heading home.


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Christmas markets

Every year there are identikit Christmas markets in Glasgow and Edinburgh (and I dare say, plenty of other places too).  We always head east, as the one in Glasgow is in St Enoch’s Square, which to be honest, isn’t really big enough to make it enjoyable.  It’s mobbed, you can’t really get round the stalls as the space is taken up by people queuing to get served, so you come to a queue, walk to the front to see what it’s for, then push through the crush to get to the end to join it.  Not an enjoyable experience.

In Edinburgh, it’s more spacious, as it occupies the space along Princess St, at the Scott monument.  There’s more room to move, there’s more stall, it’s just …… nicer.  Except this year, despite the crush, Glasgow seems to have better (if fewer stalls).  There’s also a marked difference in prices.  Cheeses on sale in Glasgow at £4 each or 3 for £10, are £4.50 each or 3 for £12 in Edinburgh.  Naughty traders!

Also in Edinburgh there’s a big wheel (£8 each if you fancy it), a carousel at £4 and a chair-o-plane that as well as birling round, goes up about 100′, and while pretty impressive and pretty cool, isn’t really worth £7,50 a hurl. (On the subject of hurling, imagine if someone threw up, on a chair-o-plane spinning at a rate of knots, 100 feet above the streets.  If you were walking below, you’d never see it coming).

But I digress.  Even though Edinburgh loses out on price, and quality of the goods, it once again wins hands down on the atmosphere, which let’s face it, is what it’s all about.Image

The chair-o-plane thingummy

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