How deep does the rabbit hole go?

Once we have started to question conventional wisdom in relation to one aspect of lifestyle it generally leads us to be more open to questioning other aspects.

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The invisible cage of the working week

I’m a shift worker. I’ve been a shift worker for over 7 years now. My shifts are either 06:00 to 14:30, 14:00 to 22:30 or 22:00 until 06:30, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I work a pattern of 6 days on, 4 days off, doing two early shifts, two late shifts and two night shifts. As a result weekends, bank holidays etc. are effectively meaningless for me. It’s either a working day, or it’s not. This has given me a different perspective on “office hours”. Office hours of roughly 9 – 5, 5 days on, 2 days off seem incredibly restrictive to me. A real throwback to the industrial revolution.

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Has the mobile phone adversely impacted social interaction?

I recently finished reading Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and while reading it a question sprung into my mind. Has the advent of the mobile phone actually adversely impacted on  overall social interaction? Reading the book was a general reminder of how much things have changed in many ways in the intervening 65 or so years since it was written but I really noticed how much more people from that era were required to interact face to face. As someone who has lived his entire adult life with a mobile phone it’s hard to remember what it was like B.P. (Before Phones).

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Creating the writing habit

I wrote a couple of months ago about what to do with the time I’ve created by cutting things out of my life and this only being worth doing if I use the time to indulge passions and creativity. Likewise one of my life principles is creative recreation and I always feel like I want to write something. But there is then usually a disconnect. I have good intentions but I don’t actually write anything.

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