A minor celebration for my 55 and a halfth birthday

Six months later — how life after DJWORX is going

I dub it axe sharpening

Yesterday was my 55th and a half birthday. It’s not exactly a landmark — halves only matter when you’re under ten years old and yearn to be bigger and older, which I definitely don’t. 

It does however provide me with an opportunity to give you an update about life after DJWORX and the things I’ve discovered.

I don’t miss it

Not one little bit of it.

When the free gear and money flowed, it was such fun. But for a number of reasons the money stopped, and eventually so did the fun. I can handle a lack of money, but not the lack of fun.

And for a few more reasons, I changed and for the better. 

It’s clear that in the space of the last six months, and for a solid number of other incredibly positive reasons, I did absolutely the right thing.

I’m sorry if you miss DJWORX. It was amazing and unmatched. And I’d genuinely love for someone to do something better.

I don’t have to have an opinion

Obviously, I do still have them, strong ones in fact. But I just don’t feel the need to share them publicly anymore. 

My stoicism grows each day, and I refuse to waste time on things I cannot control or impact upon. So I’ve stopped expending energy on negative emotion. Life is too short and precious to waste for that. 

What I’ve worked out

The last six months have afforded me a level of freedom I’ve not had in a very long time. And I like it. A lot.

I’m cathartically offloading my former existence. 

I’ve started the long-delayed home project. The old Worxlab home office is now a cloakroom and laundry, and out of necessity, I’m now an expert on Saniflo installation.

I’ve read a huge amount too. I’ve read that people read a lot as a delaying tactic for starting something important. I have no idea what they mean. 

And importantly I’ve worked out what I thought I wanted to do but in hindsight actually don’t. So I won’t. I’ll cover that another time.

I’ll definitely be saying yes less. As my time dwindles, the value I put on it gets much higher.

All that’s left is to do the things I do want to do, and do them with all my heart.

And do I will.

But first…

Abraham Lincoln’s famous quote goes thus:

“If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.”

Success is about preparation. And for me, that means properly drawing that line under DJWORX. The floor of The Worxlab is cluttered with stuff that one way or another will be gone by the end of July.

Then I can finally tell you all about the art project and how that’s expanded to fill the next decade. 

In closing

Having re-read a number of my old DJWORX pieces, it’s clear that I can write a bit. I missed it, and having spent a lot of time away from the keyboard, I decided to write something.

It doesn’t say much — more that I’m still here, and that the axe sharpening is taking longer than I planned.

  1. I get it, have gone through the same. That said, no one did it quite like you did in this space. I miss it terribly. I burned out on a blog I was running years ago doing 90 drops a month, 2 long pieces and mostly short form music recommendations. I haven’t been able to write anything since 2012 when I burned out. cheers

    1. For me, I came to question why I was doing it, and importantly what I wasn’t doing instead. After answering that, it became a very obvious decision to start enjoying myself again.

      I hope you find your writing spark again. I’ve enjoyed the brief break, but now I find myself re-enjoying wordsmithery. It helps that I have new purpose that energises me. It’s not just a matter of posting something to keep the traffic up.

  2. We’re patiently waiting your first chop 😀

    As side note your articles are still being shared as references in some FB groups, so the DJ Worx legacy is still holding strong 🙂 Time and time again I even find my self googling something and coming across a DJ Worx article that’s still relevant or has an interesting perspective.

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