Ok, now I'm going to rant a bit. I got to get this off my shoulders.
There's a friend of mine who thinks I'm lazy. She clearly thinks like that, says it between the lines and I don't like that attitude one bit. Yea, I'm unemployed, partially because health issues, (wrists healing very nicely so soon there is no issue.) and partially as a choice. For now. I'm very grateful about how unemployment is dealt with in my country, we have very good social welfare system in place, which means government backing when being sick, unemployed etc. Having no job does not equal starvation in Finland which I think is absolutely great. There has been such good people in the past who have built this system of not letting any of us into a complete free fall... This to me is a sign of a civilized country and good governance. Of course this system can be abused and there are people who do just that.
As a choice because I felt that the time is right for me to put effort in my life, my craft, my music, take care of our summerhouse, learn to become a better fisherman and building my own fishtraps(Which I could make to be sold!!). All this requires a lot of time and energy which I would NOT have if I had a job right now. The only problem I've had is of course lack of money to do things, which I have always been capable of managing when situation is like that.
But to imply that I AM LAZY!! Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm always doing something, I always have some project to work on... If I had the means, I would do even more! If a day had more hours, I would do even more. And then somebody dares to think I'm lazy only because what I'm doing, is not paid for. This pisses me of so much!
I see there are three kinds of people in the world, those who live to work, those who work to live and then there's lazy people, the really lazy ones and they are very few. I am not lazy. But I'm not a fool to destroy my health with too much work either, because I think that is insane and often unnecessary. Also, people tend to forget that it is easy to earn enough to get what we NEED, but people work many times more to get what they WANT. Or to get things they are told that they need, but in reality they do not.
Making money for its own sake has never motivated me one bit. Not a one bit. Only thing about money itself that motivates me is what I can get with it. And I'm talking about my own money, not loan money. If there's something I'm grateful for in my thinking, is that I have never been in debt for a single day and I have always managed to get all the stuff I want to have, yea, saving up takes time and bit of self discipline, but its very much doable. That's what people also keep forgetting... Everything HERE NOW! Then they get huge loans to have everything given to them on a silver platter, then work their ass off to pay it off and complain about it! Basically putting a chain of debt on their foot and giving away their freedom of choice for material things. To me this on an idea level is insane! And its so stupid that its often forced on us. Who the heck has the patience to save up money for twenty years to get a house? Or save up anything? Not many.
Then the concept that only work which is paid for is valuable. I so much detest this thinking! There are many people who cannot perceive any other value except money. For example the value of art, any kind of art. That can't be measured in coins. How about the value of a flower? No gold in the world can create it. And yet its "worthless". Same goes for work which is not paid for in money....
This stuff annoys me up to high heavens! This attitude is very common around here, Finns are especially terrible with this. Anything that is not paid for, is useless. Music, oh dear gods, don't get me started on that one! I have seen it so many times, I tell someone I'm a musician. Next thing they ask, "do you play lot of gigs?". To which I tell, no, because the few venues there are, don't want bands from the fringes of heavy metal styles as they don't pull in big crowds these days... Too few gigs and they are either badly underpaid or not paid at all. The reply is "oh." followed by silence. No more questions about music. They don't ask, "how many albums you've played on?", "What's your own thing soundwise?" etc. They ask about how many gigs you play = how much money you earn.
Honestly I think work should exist for life and not the other way around.... But hey, I'm just a lazy person, I do nothing of value. Move along.
By my feet the flowers of witchery abloom.