April 10, 2005

Risk! Risk anything!

If you’ve seen me about the place, chances are this is the image you will have associated with me – a prime specimen of cordyline australis, set against a clear blue summer sky. A little grainy, and when in gravatar form, slightly squashed since I didn’t bother to crop it to 80x80 standard. Somewhere, a long time ago, I found it, possibly on some kind of arts website, and there’s probably some breach of copyright involved.



I was drawn to the words even more than the image. The concept both attracts me and scares me: the perfect combination. It’s hard to explain, but I understand that what seems to be the hardest thing on earth is probably the best thing for me.

The time is fast approaching for a change. It’s not an impossible situation, says the chorus of Who Are You, Defenders of the Universe? by the Dears. And I agree.

I’m repeating such lines to myself as, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," and, "To discover new isles one must leave familiar shores." Enough of this comfortable boredom. It's time to take a risk.

21 Comments:

Blogger cotard said...

Sounds like we've been in similar moods of late... but it's Phil Judd's "Time For a Change" that keeps repeating in my head...

12:02 PM  
Blogger The Saturnyne said...

Ahh... "Take a chance!"

I'm sure i saw that phrase associated with some sci-fi series...

Without a bit of risk, life would be soooo boring!

Do it!

Regret nothing! (Unless you happen to be a mass murderer, and then yer allowed regret somewhat...err...)

=}

S.x

2:53 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Thanks Saturnyne, that's pretty much exactly the sort of thing I want to hear :D

Jump to it, Cotard!

3:24 AM  
Blogger g_pi said...

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5:22 AM  
Blogger g_pi said...

Oops, sorry about that...

What I said (hitting 'publish' before spotting a dirty great glaring typo) was:

What can it all mean...? What evil plans are afoot...? Where are you leaping off to...? S'all rather intriguing...

5:27 AM  
Blogger llew said...

You talking career here?

6:01 AM  
Blogger Barry said...

It sounds like you've actually made your move, Jessie, telling your boss you are off and all. Cool! Sometimes you just have to do it - I was lucky when I was looking at going overseas (I take it that's what's on your mind?), because my actual boss was a bit of a dick so it was no wrench to go. I just loaded my ticket on the credit card, took cash out of the credit card for entry to the UK and hoped for the best. The day my funds reached the grand sum of 10 Fijian cents, gets you nowhere in Lodon I tell you, I got a job and I was away.

Then I took another big leap of faith when leaving practice, as I had no job to go to but gave my notice anyway. Some people just have to make these jumps every so often.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Apologies for the obscurity. As Barry mentioned, I had to do this first.

I'm not going overseas just yet; I can't afford it at the moment. Something about being in Melbourne has made me need a change of scene though - so I'm moving to Auckland this winter.

I plan to a) find a job, b) save a lot of money, and c) move to London for my 26th birthday.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Barry said...

Was your job truly horrible in Wellington? Since its my job to talk to people who are following in your footsteps, I have a kind of professional interest - maybe you could email me if you have anything to contribute.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

No, not horrible at all. Just not quite right for me - and I deserve to be paid more. I'll email :)

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Esther said...

Argh Jessie! That's so cool. I have to do this too before I completely lose it.

In fact I just decided that if I don't have another job in a month, I'm resigning anyway. I'll start a masters.

11:12 PM  
Blogger limegreen said...

A masters will only give you an enjoyable waste of a year or two. Treat yourself, and do a PhD...

1:59 AM  
Anonymous Esther said...

mmmm... an enjoyable waste of a year or two...

2:57 AM  
Anonymous caroline said...

Go Jessie. I wish you all the luck. And how apt that you have a homegrown author to guide you.

6:01 AM  
Blogger David said...

The "leave familar shores" bit invited speculation about all sorts of exotic travels...

...but then it turned out to be Auckland. Auckland!

That's just like Wellington. But bigger, and without so much wind.

2:14 PM  
Blogger David said...

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2:14 PM  
Blogger David said...

Ooops... sorry about the duplicate comment. That'll teach me to believe error windows.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Hi David, sorry to disappoint ;)

At this stage, it's enough of a shake-up for me to throw in my job and move cities.

9:36 PM  
Blogger The Saturnyne said...

Glad to be of service.

=}

pre-emptive hug for the journey

S.x

1:13 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Ta. I'll be much in need of hugs as I scour the cold streets of Ak in search of a job, a home, petrol (go! Dad's car), and some food. But I'll worry about that later :)

3:13 AM  
Blogger nincomjoel said...

You sooooo need a big party!

Look it's been said twice tonight, it has to happen now!

8:50 AM  

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