My dad joked when my daughter was born “Facebook has replaced the newspaper for announcements”
It was a statement I couldn’t help think and laugh about (perhaps inappropriately) when I read about the premature death of a former work colleague.
The Internet is supposed to bring us closer together, I can read hundreds of unsolicited opinions on the President across the pond paying off a hooker; yet it took over a year for someone who I knew, someone who lived about 20 miles away was no longer of this Earth.
A part of me can’t believe that not one person said to me “James were you aware…”
I only realised after another ex-colleagues, made a one-year anniversary reflection post. I had been living my life to miss the news first time around and I thought what I was doing to miss this; I think I was worrying about some problem at work… insignificant in the scheme of life.
I couldn’t help see the bitter irony that as one family mourned the end of a life, my wife and myself were overjoyed and preparing for the baby scheduled to come into our life.
As a reflex I texted a dozen friends and family members sending my love and asking how they were doing. It’s funny how death sucker punches you in the face making you appreciate who you do have.
The disappointing thing about not knowing was it came off like I did not cared, I cared… Continue reading “The sense of it all”
Recently I had the pleasure of running the No Ego Challenge, a delightful five mile trail race that starts at 6.30pm. Because of this noticeable caveat, it is pitch black, therefore a head torch is not a luxury, but a must to run.
As it was my first race in almost two years, No Ego was a new challenge, where I couldn’t predict how I would perform.
The darkness was a unique challenge making it difficult to see what was underfoot and I had fresh concerns about old injuries wondering if my plantar fasciitis coming back to bite me in the… foot.
The good news is I am writing this post, so I returned and am not still wondering about Dalby Forest lost. No Ego was a race where I learned about the importance of mental grit. Continue reading “No ego, No quit, No hate”
So you want to be a writer
by Charles Bukowski
if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don’t do it. Continue reading “So you want to be a writer?”
Hello dear reader,
Upon the positive feedback on my post writing good comments on a blog, I thought I would extend my advice to another area that irritates me in the world of blogging and blog writing.
The irritant is when a site or an author takes the piss out of their loyal readers.
Firstly I will give a definition of my colloquialism:
take the piss (out of someone or something)
phrase of piss
- [British] vulgar slang
Mock someone or something
Right now that’s cleared up onto the issue… Continue reading “Perfect Blogging: Don’t take the piss”
I have started writing my life story.
Just by writing that statement it feels strange and narcissistic. To write your life story you have to be a celebrity or achieve something right?
But I have been motivated to do this indirectly by family. Continue reading “Writing your life story”
I really love my job, it is probably the best one I have ever had.
It is strange because when I got the new job it was a step up from the old one. I have more responsibility and more money. But unlike my other job I am back at the bottom – basically I am the office junior and have to do all the tedious work that comes with that. Continue reading “Competition in the work place”
One of the problems with setting goals is that you get really focused on getting the goals done and letting the ‘housekeeping’ part of your life slip.
I can easily write a 1000 words a day without even trying. I can get up at 6am to go to the gym and yet if one of the bulbs go in my hallway light I can procrastinate and ignore the problem, even though it is a simple task because I have no desire to do it!
These tedious tasks help make up your day-to-day life and are just as important as the goals you want to do because if you can’t even keep your own house in order how do you expect to achieve anything? Continue reading “How to do more of the must do tasks that you don’t want to do each day”
Let’s say I asked you to put together a bucket list – a list of things that you want to do before you die.
Before reading on just take a minute to think about what those things would be.
Done it? Okay I will continue…
Without even knowing you I bet it included something of the following:
Continue reading “Why bucket lists are bad and why you should shun them”
Updated after being originally published in February 2014
I really punk rock. But one of the problems I find when I Google ‘Best Workout Songs’ most of these lists have lots of hip-hop, rock, dance, but lack a bit of Punk. So I decided to put together a list of some of the songs that I really like.
With its short songs, fast beats per minute, catchy guitar and motivational lyrics I am surprised that more punk songs are not recommended.
If you have any suggestions to these 10 great workout songs, please leave a comment below.
Here are ten of my recommendations to start a punk rock training playlist.
Continue reading “10 Great Punk Workout songs”
What’s in a word?
I don’t like the use of needless profanity, despite research suggesting that those who swear are more intelligent, I have to disagree – it shows a lack of education, a control of temperament and class.
Put it this way I worked in child protection and I met some people who were ridiculously foul mouthed – those people weren’t completing their master’s degree. Hell, some of those people couldn’t even get a job shoveling shit. Continue reading “Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn”