The Hardest Decision I Ever Made…

Whilst at university... Whilst at university, I met a guy on my course who happened to be from the same town as me.  As we were living over 100 miles from our home town and the course only had 23 people taking it, I figure the odds of that happening were pretty small.  Because of … Continue reading The Hardest Decision I Ever Made…

What the UK Petrol “Shortage” Taught Me About the News

A couple of weeks ago...  A couple of weeks ago, I pulled into the forecourt of my local Asda petrol station.  This probably a piece of information of no interest, not even if I add that it was a dark Wednesday night following my gym session.  No none of this is the formula for a … Continue reading What the UK Petrol “Shortage” Taught Me About the News

The Introverts Guide To Survive The First Year At University

The first day…  “What the hell have I let myself in for?...”  Here I was, a quiet, shy, introvert, living his first day, of the university experience – and I hated it…  I’d left my safe boring job, and my safe quiet home, to move into a pokey student terrace house sharing the space with … Continue reading The Introverts Guide To Survive The First Year At University

6 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Twenty

It’s so long since I was anywhere near my twenties, that the digits on my birth certificate are much closer to the forty mark, rather the days of discovery and lack of responsibility.  During those ten years I did a lot of dumb things, some I regret.  But in reflection I also did things I enjoyed, … Continue reading 6 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Twenty

Keep Calm and Stay Awesome

“Good morning.  How are you?” is a pretty standard greeting.  Usual etiquette is to provide a pretty neutral response, with platitude returning that you too care about the feelings of the individual posing the question”  “Yeah, not too bad, how about you?...”  Once I worked under a guy who always used to respond with a … Continue reading Keep Calm and Stay Awesome

Thank You / When Life Gets In The Way

Thank You... It all started with a blog... Seven years ago I combined two desires together - my new drive to have ambitions, with one of these goals - my aspiration to setup a regular writing habit. I never quite knew where it would take me. Now we are in the present, the first month … Continue reading Thank You / When Life Gets In The Way

2 Poems That Changed My Life

Poetry has the power to change how you see life, a finely crafted piece of prose digs deep into your psyche, stirring up emotions as you compose your thoughts and meaning to words scribbled down on a page.  I wanted to share two poems from Charles Bukowski, which are special to me due to how … Continue reading 2 Poems That Changed My Life

Old Town – Old Memories

This week... This week I’ve been putting in motions to organise a reunion with old friends.  This is a long delay, not just due to lockdown restrictions which have been in place over the past year, but also a reluctance on my part to find the motivation to put the movements to actually organise a … Continue reading Old Town – Old Memories

An Open Letter For Whomever

Part One... This year has been a difficult one, I’m sure you’ve heard that a thousand times before, but I’m a believer difficult times offer the opportunity to learn a lot.  Lockdown took away the freedom to keep doing the things we loved, and, seeing the people we loved.  Our places that relieved our stresses … Continue reading An Open Letter For Whomever

How Hard You Get Hit

It’s not been an easy year so far...  In some ways I knew this moment was coming, my head hasn’t been into much recently.  You could say too many lockdowns, too many gym closures,... too many setbacks were responsible for the frustrations.  But I know that’s a lie and a bit of self-sabotage was involved … Continue reading How Hard You Get Hit

It’s Coming Home…

This past week I was browsing Facebook and noticed a former school friend commenting on his happiness about a “well deserved promotion." As I was about to drop a comment congratulating them on their job success, I realised the promotion they were talking about was the English football team Leeds United going up to the … Continue reading It’s Coming Home…

Perfect Manifesto Highlights: May, 2021

Welcome to the Perfect Manifesto post highlights for May 2021. If you've been reading for a while you may know that I'm an admirer of strongman competitions - the ability to lift up a range of heavy objects is something that always inspires me to keep picking up the weights at the gym and made … Continue reading Perfect Manifesto Highlights: May, 2021