||[Jul. 13th, 2011|10:54 am]
Greetings Fellow Comstoks!
My subconscious often works out things by having some real life person say profound stuff to me - or stuff which seems profound at the time. |
Last night I dreamt I was waiting in a barber shop.
Nick Mamatas was there. For some reason his name was the branding for an organization of independent hair cutters* the Mamatas Hair Collective.
Everyone in the place was from Livejournal, but I haven't met most in real life so it was a mostly generic crowd save a few random folks, like Sabotabby.
Nick and Sabs said I look stressed. I replied I was worried about turning into a bitter crank like Will Shetterly.
Nick says, "You cannot avoid getting old then dying, but acting like an asshole is not inevitable. Being afraid of death and unemployment doesn't mean you must become a troll. Just let yourself be scared."
Upon awakening I thought accepting how scary life can be is part of dealing with hard times.
Repressing fear can end up displacing it into thoughts and actions which are neither cathartic nor productive.
Facing fear doesn't fix the problem, but it makes things coherent and somehow less overwhelming.
*Real life note: many stylists are independent contractors who rent or share space in a salon.