a lifestyle is not a job

So sayeth Jezebel:


The comments are, as ever, a treat to read. One could add GOOP, Tata Harper and her tatas, and many another to the list.

I’m always a puerile sucker for the visual comments. Useful tips even for the perfect, saintly lifestyle-as-profession crowd:  

groan and gawp

gurgle and guffaw

That is all. Well, no, it’s not. I had a jolly good giggle over this one. Speaking as someone who has a job, sometimes has a life, and occasionally manages to enjoy some lifestyle stuff. Of the doing everyday things for basic human survival mundane sort. But being choosy when one can: for ex. choosing what to eat; very rarely being able to choose when to eat; often realising that my evening mean is technically lunch, sometimes even breakfast. And spending some of that spare time reading stuff, finding out about the world and other people, and sometimes sharing it. Or rather, forcing it on people along with attached compulsory rants.

But: that having been said: I do like looking at sunrises and sunsets when possible and available. And generally gazing up and out at clouds, especially when they’re doing interesting cool funky stuff. A fun instance of having no sunrises or sunsets in recent days here in Vancouver: we had The Fog. Visibility down to a few feet of mysterious dull matte pallor. I guess no-one told the weather about Hallowe’en being this week (weather due then: rain).

Related, and Jezebel again:


On the other hand: it’s way too easy to mock, and much of the Mariel Hemingway stuff is perfectly sensible. As in: I can imagine my mother saying some of these things. Or alternatively:

sucking eggs

Good sound common sense. And just plain good, good for you. Slowing down and appreciating life. Some excerpts follow below, from Mariel Hemingway and from Running With Nature. Yes, sure, there’s promotional BS (the poor lady has a book to sell), hokiness, yoga, The Fear And Loathing Of Chemicals (21st-century twist on la toxicomanie), and suchlike. And the ever-worrying quest for perpetual youth, all in a life that’s basically luxury exotic adventure holidays. But still: look for the good here, and there is, I promise you, good aplenty including stuff that’s free, or where you can adapt free versions for yourself:

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A nice cup of tea and a sit down, in other words: and this is one of the finest and simplest pleasures in life. Also, compatible with working.

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All very true. Or, “truisms.” And yes, life is an “adventure”: it’s all about that journey and process, “going to” something, “ad-” (=”at, to, towards”) + “venire” (“to come / go”). Be its end enlightenment, increased knowledge, wisdom… or the journey as an end in itself… or life as a process of gradual decay: for it is, forget ye not, the journey towards death. Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas.

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Cool. I like it.

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