nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

A possible explanation for why I went to Connecticon

Some months ago, I met an old woman who was very satisfied with how her life had turned out. She was funding her retirement with income from rental properties, and her motto was "Bite off more than you can chew, and then chew it." She repeated it a number of times forcefully. Since I'm concerned with my finances, I thought that maybe she had a point.

There were a few questions I should have thought about--how much more than she thought she could chew did she bite off? Did she have fall-back plans? How did she choose which larger-than-usual projects to take on? Unfortunately, I don't have any way to contact her.

As nearly as I can tell, I shut down my intuition( one of my more reliable faculties) because I wanted to try something bigger than usual that looked as though it would be profitable. On the other hand, going to Connecticon wasn't an obviously bad idea and I might have done it anyway--it just didn't work.

This doesn't mean I think my mistake was her fault, only that I need to be careful about advice. Even if it fits into someone else's life, it might not fit into mine.

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