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Forum topic by goodpoint posted 03-16-2009 06:48 AM 1208 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2009 06:48 AM

Thank you very much for your warm welcome. I love this website. I have always loved woodworking but have not done anything as far as designing my own projects. Since I have been laid off of my factory job (The same week I was supposed to buy my first house!!) I have been depressed and hopeless. I am only 26 years old, I should be working!!! I attempted to kill myself after two months of not working. My friend gave me a pep talk/lecture(because, as you can tell, I Lived!) I decided to find something that was worth living for. I found it. Wood working. I love it and it has only been two weeks and a friend already brought something I made out of wood. I can’t describe the feeling I get solving problems and making nice pieces out of wood. It is like being back at work again. This website has been very helpful and I hope someday I can be at least half as good as all of you out there!!! I look forward to sitting down and checking out post and forums. Once again thank you for the welcome.

-- Twiggy

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#1 posted 03-16-2009 07:04 AM

It is a sad story that we can be so dependent upon a job as a sole source of identity that we can be lost with out one. I was out of work for a year one time. It was the best thing that has ever happened to me. I found that I had allowed myself to become nothing more than a financial object. Remember you are more than woodworking. I’ve just read that happiness is a byproduct of creativity. I’ve been in many jobs that killed my creativity. Remember life is too important to be taken seriously!

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#2 posted 03-16-2009 07:11 AM

Glad we could help. I know where your coming from. I know it,s tough but try to keep as busy as you can, focusing on something other than your problems helps a lot. Not everyone understands depression and your lucky to have a friend to talk to. Hope is a word you should make friends with. Good luck.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 03-16-2009 07:18 AM

Sorry to her about your situation. I’m 25 and also got laid off from a factory recently. It was best thing to happen to me. Next week I start my new job in a new hospital that’s opening. I won’t go into details but it’s an amazing opportunity and it wouldn’t have happened had I not been laid off. I vented on the Lumberjock site when I got laid off and the support was amazing. There’s a great group of people here. If you ever need to talk drop me a line. I might be able to understand some of what you’re going through.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#4 posted 03-16-2009 08:09 AM

I can relate to your situation, i am 31 now. but due to wounds from my military service, i can no longer work and i have been retired.
the time is the killer. too much idle time and a person starts to dwell on their problems. woodworking got me moving again (my first project was a new cane).
woodworking provides an outlet for our creativity, passes the time, and gives us a sense of accomplishment and pride in what we create. once you are bitten with the woodworking bug you have a hobby for life.
I hope you find more joy in every project,
and to see much more of your work posted here

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#5 posted 03-16-2009 02:36 PM


As Dennis said, creativity is the life blood of the human spirit. I’m glad you have found this great joy. It will pull you through tough times, and be a source of relaxation when you do get back to the grind of work.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 03-16-2009 04:11 PM

Glad you made the right decision.
We all know “life” is hard, full of problems and obstacles to test our patience and to challenge our courage. I believe God gives all those things with reason that we never know, that makes life is so beautiful, so sweet. Trust the God who gave you life. He knows what is the best for you and everyone. Always have confident in yourself and be strong.
Wish you all the best and hope you’ll be in His care. Good luck!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 03-16-2009 09:25 PM

First, glad you’re here and decided life is too precious to waste. I see at least one puppy, in your avatar, that would have never been the same.

Philosophically, when one door closes- another opens. In reality, nothing could be closer to the truth! You have found, within you, a means of expression, creativity and satisfaction that may have gone unnoticed your entire life- if it were not for this. Wow!!! Talk about luck!!!!!!

Now, post a picture of that project you made so we can all see it!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 03-16-2009 10:16 PM

Hey twiggy, it happens to all of us. At 63 I got pushed out last week. As someone said earlier, your job isn’t your identity. You’ve got to look forward, not backwards. I know is doesn’t feel like it right now but, you are so young, you’ve still got so much to enjoy and experience. Dang….I can’t even remember being 26. Oh wait, yes I can. I was in Viet Nam. Time sure flies. Best of luck to you. You will really grow to appreciate all these jocks (and jockettes)

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#9 posted 03-17-2009 01:10 AM

I was forced to retire due to medical reasons 1 1/2 years ago. At first it was completely depressing. Then I started getting busier and busier, watching my new grandchild, now watching 2 new grandchildren, getting into woodworking BIG time, working in the yard.

But, I’m not 26, I’m 56, and I worked at my profession for 30 years.

As I used to say in my sermons: who you are as a person is not defined by what you do for a living. Many times what we do for a living is defined by the person we are. n Take this opportunity to find out who you are, and then pursue a career based on that. Instead of this being a tragedy, it could be a great opportunity.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#10 posted 03-17-2009 01:27 AM

Thank you all for your stories, it sure feels better knowing we all go through hard times. LEW, I will post pictures of my projects as soon as I figure out how to use the camera, I am living with very good friends right now, and this is thier computer. I still have my hopes up on buying the house next door, when I do that I will be able to post pictures with my computer.
Thank you all

-- Twiggy

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#11 posted 03-17-2009 05:57 AM

PS: I like your companions! :)

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#12 posted 03-17-2009 04:43 PM

The black and white one is mine, half pointer and half lab, and the big one in the back is a bull mastif.

-- Twiggy

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#13 posted 03-17-2009 04:51 PM

I have to get a new monitor- or maybe new glasses- didn’t even see the puppy in the back!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 03-17-2009 05:15 PM

glad to see you’ve made it through. sometimes it does feel like whats the point?!? – but as your avatar says – there always is a goodpoint! :o) sometimes it just take some looking around to find it.

Glad to have you around, and like the others, I’m curious to see your work/projects.

and dont worry about trying to get everything today, theres always tomorrow, and the next day, one day at a time, eventually everything WILL work out one way – or another.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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