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4 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Swedish government's stance is "to protect the economy, whatever the cost"

Unfortunately that's what most governments are doing. In different levels, maybe, but the responses are similar. Wonder whether they even stopped to think economy is something that living and healthy people build...

 

Seems like a nice situation for your mom.

And glad to see that coughing meant nothing :)

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Right, I was doing a challenge before the chaos. Let's pretend I've paid attention.

 

Challenge summary

 

Oh the irony of my challenge title. Here I was plotting on ways of setting everything on fire, and here we are, the world has done just that for me. I was settling into my travel plans, and now I don’t know if I’ll have any savings left by fall. But despite everything that's going on, I feel I'm on the right track. It's a strange thing considering I'm locked down at home and missing my friends. And hugs. And despite being sad and worried and angry at the world I'm also optimistic. Isn't the human brain wonderfully contradictory? 

 

It somehow feels a little shallow to address the things in my challenge I've been meaning to address, but then again, perhaps now is the perfect time! The thing is, that right now I'm doing a lot of the things I want to do in "my next life". I'm moving and training and even if I won't ever achieve a high level I'm enjoying myself and the challenges I'm setting myself. And in terms of it taking up time, that's fine. I think that spending as much time on movement, and even double that, is entirely reasonable in terms of time. I still have plenty of time to draw, I just have to make the time. I don't necessarily think that drawing is "the thing" but my gut feeling is that it's somehow important, maybe as a stepping stone, or a gateway to something else. I've no idea. But I'm excited that @Harriet found the art curriculum, it provides a nice framework while figuring things out.

 

The thing that is obviously a problem is work. It takes up too many hours of my life, and sucks up too much of my prime energy. At the moment the daily work is ok, I'm making myself a lot of little puzzles to solve which distracts me from the fact that the job itself is not very fulfilling. But it's not sustainable and it's clear to me that I do have to find another career. I don't know how but that's a problem for later. 

 

While my plan is still to set things on fire, I meant it when I said slowly. Not that I have a choice now haha. For now I basically want to keep doing what I'm doing, then take a break when I have enough money, and still do more or less the same things. But more of them, and without work to get in the way, and perhaps some side projects. Then take it from there.

 

Goal stuff!

 

Keep drawing YES! I even finished the boxes today, woot! I'll admit I stopped caring around 100 boxes ago, but I persevered as it did help with building intuition around perspective. I also started seeing it as a useful exercise in building work capacity more than anything else. Because that was boring AF. 

Keep flipping Well. I did good. Until Finland shut down. (That's not entirely true, surprisingly enough the cheerleading gym is still open, but I'm choosing not to go. It seems irresponsible, and I'd much rather be able to see my friends in one or two weeks.) There are some things I can practice at home, but I think I'm going to put it on hold and focus on other things for now.

Make time Yes, I was much better at making time. For example I started to be better at having food at home, which helped a lot. Now I have all the time, but I still get distracted a little too easily by work.

Do it because I love it This is going well. 

Buy pants Fail. I gave it one quarter hearted attempt at the beginning of the challenge. Now I wear pole shorts all day every day. 🤷‍♀️

Write? Zero. But I might make it a proper challenge goal next time.

 

Overall, success! Isn't it great when you set suitably vague and unsmart goals? 😉

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2 minutes ago, zenLara said:

Unfortunately that's what most governments are doing. In different levels, maybe, but the responses are similar. Wonder whether they even stopped to think economy is something that living and healthy people build...

 

Seems like a nice situation for your mom.

And glad to see that coughing meant nothing :)

Not to the extent that Sweden is. Most countries are under lockdown, while in Sweden any actions come from companies and people, not the government. Even the UK turned a 180 and realized it couldn't sacrifice hundreds of thousands of people's lives for the sake of herd immunity and the economy. While Sweden's stubbornly doing nothing, well, besides spreading misinformation. Slow action is one thing, not giving a shit is a very different thing.

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6 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Yesterday I put together a press to handstand routine from the Handstand Factory program. I'm not really ready to start press training for real, but I might as well add it in seeing as 1. that's what we've been focused on in class this entire term, and 2. the training seems to have a very nice carryover to my balancing work and 3.

 

Awesome! I also found that press training was very useful for balance (and shape/form for me). Gaining strength really helped with stability. In a matter of months, the change was very visible.

 

  

6 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

I tried a passive pancake afterwards and I managed to put my lower ribs on the floor, which is pretty cool considering that my hammies have been giving me trouble a lot until very recently.

 

YES!

 

1 hour ago, Mad Hatter said:

I was settling into my travel plans, and now I don’t know if I’ll have any savings left by fall.

 

Are you on a reduced salary for the lock down? or are you taking into account a likely economic crush-down?

 

I saw that ambivalence in some fitness/circus businesses in the UK. When classes are the primary source of income, people have been very reluctant to close down. Even if they know it's the right thing to do. They just don't know how they will make it past this month. They have no idea if they will get any support from the government. That's hard.

I have less empathy about government reluctance to act though...

 

 

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1 hour ago, @mu said:

Awesome! I also found that press training was very useful for balance (and shape/form for me). Gaining strength really helped with stability. In a matter of months, the change was very visible.

Cool! :) 

 

1 hour ago, @mu said:

Are you on a reduced salary for the lock down? or are you taking into account a likely economic crush-down?

No no, I'm working same as normal. But I don't have that much saved in cash yet, most of my savings are tied up. #firstworldproblem

 

1 hour ago, @mu said:

I saw that ambivalence in some fitness/circus businesses in the UK. When classes are the primary source of income, people have been very reluctant to close down. Even if they know it's the right thing to do. They just don't know how they will make it past this month. They have no idea if they will get any support from the government. That's hard.

I have less empathy about government reluctance to act though...

I absolutely get why small businesses wouldn't want to shut down. For many it's difficult in the best of times...

I have absolutely zero empathy for the government's inactions. Their job is supposed to be protect the people in the first place, not the money.

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4 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Keep drawing YES! I even finished the boxes today, woot! I'll admit I stopped caring around 100 boxes ago, but I persevered as it did help with building intuition around perspective. I also started seeing it as a useful exercise in building work capacity more than anything else. Because that was boring AF. 

 

Yay! Now you can move on to something more exciting maybe? I think the next one is composition. I should probably do that horrible sphere of rotated boxes before I move on, though.

Knowing that you want to change careers is the first step, I guess. There's no solution for the pants problem, though. Pants are evil. 

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29 minutes ago, Harriet said:

Yay! Now you can move on to something more exciting maybe? I think the next one is composition. I should probably do that horrible sphere of rotated boxes before I move on, though.

The "official" plan is to do lessons 0-3, until at least the end of the month (the guy suggests these lessons are even worth extending a bit). The next lessons don't look anywhere near as painful so I'm going to continue with those for another week I think, and hopefully get some other drawings in. But I'm in no rush, and I'm perfectly happy to wait for you for whenever you feel ready. It's more fun to keep things roughly in sync. 😊But no pressure! 

 

And sorry to say but the horrible sphere is indeed horrible. Though not as bad as 250 boxes. *shudder*

 

41 minutes ago, Harriet said:

Knowing that you want to change careers is the first step, I guess. There's no solution for the pants problem, though. Pants are evil. 

They are. So for the next foreseeable future I'm going to enjoy the shit out of dressing like an extra in an 80's dance movie.

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9 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Funny positive side effect of this whole situation - for once my dad and I are in agreement about politics. 😄Unfortunately the reason behind it is setting me into rage fits, as the Swedish government's stance is "to protect the economy, whatever the cost". I'm so disgusted by their attitude that money comes before people's lives. They're criticized by everyone, but they don't give a fuck. So much for a socialism and equality, fucking hypocrites. 

 

It is more or less ac accepted fact that if you put a person into a crisis situation, their true character and their true priorities will finally be revealed. I suppose the same is true for governments.

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22 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

The "official" plan is to do lessons 0-3, until at least the end of the month (the guy suggests these lessons are even worth extending a bit). The next lessons don't look anywhere near as painful so I'm going to continue with those for another week I think, and hopefully get some other drawings in. But I'm in no rush, and I'm perfectly happy to wait for you for whenever you feel ready. It's more fun to keep things roughly in sync. 😊But no pressure! 

 

I was actually thinking of moving on from the drawabox lessons... it's not my style and it's getting me down a bit. I prefer to draw intuitively. I had a look at this place called Proko, and looked at the free videos. They were pretty good, and he, too, felt that plotting out boxes was too mathematical and not intuitive enough. But you're right, doing stuff together is more fun. So I suppose I could hack away at the later lessons until end of March? It's not that long. Mmm. Sausages and texture. So enticing. I know he says don't hack, go slowly, but I"ll do what I want. No lord, no master, no burpees! 

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1 minute ago, Harriet said:

No lord, no master, no burpees! 

 

This needs to be war cry, or motto, or something. Whatever it takes to get it emblazoned on a crest painted on the wall of a large banquet hall.

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18 hours ago, Tobbe said:

To counter balance all of this going on

 

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I'll give you this :)  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sweden-new-superpower-megan-penhoet

It's a great picture they paint, but then again, if they hadn't sold off the health care perhaps they wouldn't be completely underprepared? And there's no such thing as free money. I do like the online platform initiative though. At least something's going up considering the sharp decline in education the country's just recovering from. Also the author is also completely avoiding to discuss the potential costs in human lives that a delayed response might bring. If Sweden comes out on top after this, it's going to be from sheer dumb luck and not from good leadership. Anyways, politicking break starts now! :P 

 

7 hours ago, KB Girl said:

I was going to say your challenge title was also rather.. apt? 
But it’s great to read you’re generally feeling quite well about the whole thing :) I like your big reset button thought.

The irony wasn't lost on me. :lol:

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