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Rant!
Luce Smith, Features Writer
Shout! photo by Mark Wheadon
Are we really in a world where we have to watch every word we say? Every line that's written? Are we always this judgemental that we can't allow each other to just 'simply be'? (I used to have a T-shirt that said that, bizarre, was about 16yrs old, so that's now probably, erm, well, I guess on a rubbish tip. Is that where clothes go? I mean, it had a good life, ended up being a bit holey so was thrown away. I didn't know about the rag man back in those days, if they existed even).

Why do we have to critically analyse everything? Why can't we just take things for what they are, appreciate other people's views, and carry on with our own lives? Is it because our own lives aren't full enough so we feel the need to invite other people's actions and analyse them whilst enjoying a cold cup of tea? (It was hot, but obviously once you embark on someone else's life, the tales time out of your day, and your tea goes cold).

I know I'm on a bit of a rant, but it's a non specific rant, in that I'm not going to share the reason, but will rant regardless. I think it's one of my skills, in fact, I think I have many skills which are currently underused, and without having money to spare on life coaching, I shall have to navigate around life myself. This will mean I will hit barriers, make mistakes, have some fun and be judged.

Fact. I'm enjoying this, most therapeutic indeed! Maybe I ought to start up a new business as a rant aunt, the new improved, changed with the times, what was known as, agony aunt pages. It would be great! I wouldn't have to offer advice, or signpost, I would just have to read it and reflect. Or just press 'next rant'. It would be like a call centre, but you wouldn't need to press 5 for the right department, or hold whilst we put you through to the manager, you would simply get to rant, and someone (namely me, until the business) would listen. Brilliant!

A bit like my idea for a new app. Ready? Well, it was inspired by Pokemon Go. No, I haven't been on Pokemon, which is just as well, as I imagine I would be walking more miles than I already do! But the idea for some reason, got my mind working. I was sat at my desk, and I really wanted an ice cream, and we sometimes get an ice cream van (my colleague calls it the ice lolly van, which I think is a great name!) round the office grounds if it's good weather. Where is it at the moment? How long do I have to wait? Have they run out of flakes? Of course! If there was an ice cream van app, that could tell you where it was, then the e.t.a. would be known, and one could plan! I love it! Quick, copyright that immediately.

I've stopped ranting, bear with, normal ranting will resume shortly.

Like now. I mean, professionals get paid lots of money to do their jobs, whatever it may be. Yet many are reported as being rubbish. Then it's the unprofessional, unpaid volunteers that spend time doing things for others, who end up providing a service for nothing. Many organisations think that they have big problems (like too few staff, low pay, not meeting needs etc etc) that need mega bucks spending on it to be resolved. When in actual fact, the solutions are often simple, down to earth things, that cost nothing but time and goodwill.

Christmas (sorry, but it's in the shops and I'm already thinking of buying an advent calendar to start now, so that by the end of October, I will have Christmas done and dusted. Bring it on I say!) would be much better if no money was allowed to be spent. Would it be so popular if that was the case? No, because the economy would suffer, and thousands would still be in credit, and not paying it off until June the following year. I wonder if it will catch on. Till then, I shall continue to simply be.
Rant!, 29th September 2016, 9:08 AM