Do you ever feel fed up with your life? Have you ever fantasized about just walking away from everything? Then this is for you. Gift yourself the ultimate freedom this Christmas!
By Harriet Wood
Do you ever feel fed up with your life? Whether you feel trapped, anxious, frustrated, even lost, in a life you never chose, which just seemed to happen to you without your permission, and sometimes over a quiet drink or as you struggle to sleep at night, you wonder what things would be like if you could start all over again.
Well, the first thing to say is that you're not alone. A Gallup survey in 2017 found that 85% of people in the USA were unhappy with their jobs, and a similar study in 2015 in the UK reported that 69% people feel trapped in the same old routine, and over 40% are unhappy with their lives.
As we stretch to bridge the gaps between the many personalities and faces –real and virtual– that we've created for ourselves, anxiety is fast becoming our default mode, with 40 million adults suffering in the US alone (and those are just the ones who've realized it).
Whatever the fundamental reasons behind these statistics, it seems clear that what has been termed the 'unhappiness epidemic' affecting life and society is a by-product of hypermodern living. We're in the midst of a global identity crisis, and true to form, this generation has so far handled the apparent nadir of fragmented existence with dry wit and self-effacing humor. But, is it really a sustainable solution?
There seems to be an alternative out there, though, and it's not what we expected. Enter We Disappear You, a fairly opaque group of experts offering a very, very niche service. They help people "start again, from scratch, somewhere new, with a blank slate, in a distant place, where either no-one or perhaps only a select few know where you are or how to contact you, in total or partial secrecy and anonymity, depending on your needs, for a short period or for good, to a city abroad, to a farmhouse, a cabin, or even a halfway house while you decide what's next."
After all, in our service-based economy and with our devices leaving a digital trail wherever we go, it makes sense to get some help ironing out the details.
It's a big promise, and an even bigger decision to make. But the idea of sunning ourselves, un-hassled, on a Greek island, or waking up to no notifications on a Swiss mountainside, is an intriguing one. So if all you want for Christmas this year is to leave it all behind and start over again, with a whole new beginning, then maybe it's worth a shot.
The website gives very little information about the details of the whole operation and the "How" section is uncannily bare-bones: buy a pre-paid phone (in cash), install an encrypted app, contact a number. It is very tempting, if only for the "what if...?" feeling. But curiosity killed the cat... if you try it, please let us know what happens next! We promise not to tell anyone.
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