This personal development lark can be a pain, can’t it?

When I started out, years ago, as a beginner in the never ending rigmarole of trying-to-understand-myself-and-be-a-better-person (and, while I was about it, an emotionally sound, pain-free, modest and cool person as well), nobody told me it would be tough.

I’ve often wondered, since than, how it would have been to have been blessed with self-satisfied ignorance. I’d have saved a fortune, not to mention a huge amount of time as well, in books, training, therapy… and all the things that cropped up and needed paying for or attending to while on my ‘journey’.

If I’d had the sense early on, I could have stayed where I was and simply gone to the pub each time I felt bad, and drowned my sorrows. How much easier it would have been.