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01 February 2006 @ 06:58 pm
So I may have found my niche.

Found out about Disaster Recovery Journal and was poking around the site. I signed up for the forums, and guess what two of the first four threads are?

Poll: Pandemic Preparedness: Assuming the Worst Case

Planning for Fuel Supply Chain Interruptions

God. This is the stuff I think about in my FREE time. You mean I could get PAID for this?

I bet some of you are worrying that being around all that information will trigger a meltdown on my part. I know Rob is. There is a possibility, yes, but I feel positive about it on the whole. During meltdowns I tend to seek out information frantically so that I can prepare for whatever the disaster might be. A lot of the time, the stuff I find comforts me. In this case, I see three potential positives: I'll know just where to find the information I need, I'll know that someone (i.e. me) is working on the problem and the world isn't skipping blithely to its doom, and (my greatest hope) working with potential disasters will dull my sensibilities and make them less triggery.

In any case, I'm not going to stop thinking and worrying about this stuff. I might as well have accurate information and get paid for working on it. :)
I feel: ebullient
I can hear: "Without Me", Eminem
Jer: Huh? - Jason Behrlugonn on February 1st, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
I agree with Rob's concerns, but your argument makes some sense at all.

Consider this - do you ever reach a point where you start to implode and need a break from this stuff? This might be hard if this is your job.

At the same time, I agree that if you are working with other professionals to prepare for such things, it might help alleviate your concerns. If you see that these others see/hear the same things you do, but aren't running for their shelter, that might make you feel better. Also, you'd have knowledgeable people with whom to discuss these issues.

And maybe knowing that other reasonable people are working seriously on this stuff will help you feel more secure.

I'd also worry about your reaction when you come up with solutions and hit a brick wall because people can't/won't make the hard choices that might actually help things to improve. Would this make you despair? Consider that sometimes these 'hard choices' could simply involve doing something different from what they've always done and their refusal makes you want to whack them over the head with a solar panel. ;)

I see your logic in this, but I also understand Rob's POV. I suppose I don't really know how well you'd handle the whole thing, but assuming you can take it, there are obvious benefits to you doing this work.
Mary Lewys: Scratchmlewys on February 1st, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
Actually, before I clicked the LJ cut, I thought it would be a great job for you. Like you said, you think about this stuff all the time - you plot and plan and figure things out. You research.

Why not make money off of it? Turn it into a job.
Maureen Lycaonmaureenlycaon on February 1st, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
lugonn's objections make sense. At the same time . . . my biggest concerns about your panics is not that the possibilities of catastrophe that frighten you are unrealistic, but that when you panic you get paralyzed and can't rationally deal with them. Then you're even more helpless than someone who's never thought about them at all.

I think if you were to take such a job, you'd be working with people whose business it is to think of worst-case scenarios and then calmly and rationally plan out how best to prepare for them and deal with them if they happen. With their example to follow, you may learn a new response to your fears -- one that's more constructive and less traumatic.

What in that site do people get paid for writing, or whatever? I notice it's aimed at business, not private individuals.
High-velocity pie of death: callanishnixieq on February 1st, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
i totally understand rob's concerns, but i suspect that this could be the cure for what ails you, as you'd be working towards concrete solutions to the things that trouble you the most. i have no doubt that it would be frustrating and might trigger occasional panic episodes, but i bet it would help more than it would hurt. i say go for it! just, y'know, keep the klonopin handy for the first couple months. >;)