Indeed, your present condition is critical given your financial state of affairs. But, over the last several miserable years, you have, believe it or not, awoken.
It is because of your misery that you began to write once again. The last time you wrote anything of content on a regular basis was during your short breath of freedom traveling alone throughout Europe for over a year. Remember that? Remember…that was when you decided to become a landscape photographer? That was when you picked your subject matter — the cascade volcanoes and the northwest coast. What happened with that idea? Yes, you did take some significant quality photographs with your large format camera and produced some fine prints, but that only lasted for a few years. Eventually, you let yourself get swept up completely by the momentum–years rushed on by with the great wave. You let yourself become numb and fell asleep. Now it is time to begin the process of waking up. Writing is a good sign that the sleeper has awoken.
You have also learned an important skill in the last year – surviving with very little. You never were very good with money, credit, or debt, even when you were making big money. The temptation to Live, when there was actually time to Live, over-powered any sense of restraint. Not that you lived high off the hog. Hell, all you did was enjoy eating out, traveling, paying for a house and car, golf, romance – of course that is all extra expense in addition to all the other shit that costs money to live “the dream”. You were just doing what most people do that are riding with the momentum, except, you may have been a little more aware of how valuable the time to actually Live really was. And, now that you have fallen from the crest of that momentum, you realize how insanely expensive it is to ride that wave and actually Live, both in terms of time and money.
Believe it or not, your current miserable job is also good for you. You can actually see and feel the very base and nature of the wave and from where it draws its power. You get to experience it firsthand — you and the other slaves that reluctantly perpetuate the momentum, with no benefits, and not enough money to live. You can see, hear, smell, taste, and feel how much the human being is truly worth to the momentum. In your previous high paying desk jobs, the pain and realization of your slavery, wasted time and energy, was masked by the thin veneer of sedation, contentment, and acceptance. But now, when you are at work, there is no confusion…this is work…not a passion…not a career…not achievement…not fulfilling…not important…not important other than the fact one needs to engage with the momentum in some shape or form to be able to live. The key difference is a clear, conscious break and divorce from any delusion that the momentum has anything to do with your passions, interests, or fulfillment. The problem of course is…how do you get from living to Living and Becoming?