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Daily Prompt: ‘Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes’

Today’s Writing Prompt

You need to make a major change in your life. Do you make it all at once, cold turkey style, or incrementally?

I felt that today’s daily prompt was appropriate for me because, as I mentioned at the start of this year, I’m going to have to make one big change to my life in 2013. It’s been a while since I talked openly about it but, it remains certain that I am going to lose my current workshop sometime this year. Threats of an impending or immediate upheaval have eased after a proposed move in to a new living space of my own failed to come in to fruition (the landlord took it off the market). Looking around, there isn’t anything else currently that I can easily afford by myself. So, for an indefinite while to come, I’m staying put at mum’s house and I’m holding on to my workshop.

The timeworn workshop at the Eli Whitney Museum.

The timeworn workshop at the Eli Whitney Museum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That isn’t meant to imply that I’m keeping this workshop for good. Mum’s situation hasn’t changed and she will be looking to sell up this year, regardless of whether I stay or where I go.

I cannot imagine the level of stress involved in having to shift or sell all of my woodworking kit in one go. Some of those machines are large and over-powering towards the average human back. I’ve said before that I’ll be hanging on to my hand tools and as many portable power tools as I can carry. Even the prospect of simply buying a couple of storage boxes (I guesstimate three of them) becomes a daunting thought, associated to the realisation of ‘saying goodbye’.

English: Fordyce Joiner's Workshop The interio...

English: Fordyce Joiner’s Workshop The interior of the workshop, crammed with tools, work in progress, items for sale and museum pieces. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That’s why I’m attempting to do this in stages; leaving the largest (and most useful) items until the very end. It may not be the most economical or beneficial mode to suit someone who’s looking to buy, say, one power tool and my 6ft-tall bandsaw (which will need to be collected) but, it’s one heck of a weight off of my own mind. Sometimes, we need to do what’s best for ourselves, even if it may seem a little selfish in our own minds. I’m as guilty as the next person of placing others high and far ahead of my own needs.

Workshop North wall.

Workshop North wall [but not mine!!]. (Photo credit: Derek Lyons)

Another benefit to doing it this way is that I do still get to use my machinery for the remainder of my time in this current workshop. I’m more concerned with making the most of the finite opportunities I’m left with than I am with thoughts of finding my new working space (or, even, a safe and convenient area for secure storage).

 

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8 responses to “Daily Prompt: ‘Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes’

  1. purpleborough 04/02/2013 at 20:18

    Thank you for the pingback. I am so sorry that you are losing your shop…woodworking is such a neat “job” to have!

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  3. djmatticus 04/02/2013 at 23:08

    I didn’t have anything as impressive as your workshop – but with the impending arrival of my first child, and the cramped confines of our condo, I made the decision at the end of last year to dismantle my studio space – two turntables, a mixer, a cd turntable, 2 bookcases of records, a mackie speaker, a couple monitors, a recording station… All gone and packed away – I wonder if I will ever set it up again or if I have moved on from that phase of my life now.

    • Olly Parry-Jones 05/02/2013 at 18:44

      Hi and thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my post.

      It seems we can relate to one another, particularly with your question to whether or not you will ever set up and use your equipment again…Is it a burden on your mind at all?

      • djmatticus 05/02/2013 at 18:52

        In my normal day to day life? No, not really. I wans’t using my turntables all that much recently anyway. However, every once in awhile I’ll hear a great song and think “oh, I should pick that up on vinyl and make a new mix CD” and then remember that probably couldn’t/wouldn’t happen for a long time. In those moments it is a little sad.

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