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The boy who came home

‘But there is room now in my heart for more memories,
carved by a letting go that I could find
only by coming home to a place I’d never been’
– Karen White

2018. Strange year right? Weird year to be honest, for me anyway. Football almost came home for the first time since 1966 in 2018. It didn’t though. However, in a plot-twist surprise to many, I did.

Like I said, 2018. A strange, weird year. Then again, when reflecting on my outline for 2018, I pretty much stuck to the script. After all, in my 2017 review The boy who strayed from his path, I wrote “January 2018 will mark 11 months since I last saw my Dad, so I am very excited to be spending his birthday with him out in Thailand at the end of the month. The exciting news is that, after spending 15 months away, I will be returning to the UK temporarily in the middle of February, before heading back to Asia in April. From there everything is up in the air as to what I do or where I go next, so I guess we will see what happens.”

Well, all of that happened. All of that and more. After all, I came home. (more…)


The boy who strayed from his path

‘Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn.
Work hard, and never give up on your dreams,
even when nobody else believes they can come true but you’

– Phillip Sweet

It is suffice to say that 2017 didn’t really turn out the way that I thought it would. When the year began, I was of the opinion that I would have spent some time soaking the sun up in Byron, that I would have whale watched over in Western Australia, and that I would have travelled to hell and back completing the necessary 3 months of agricultural work required for a 2nd year visa up in Queensland. However, the reality is that none of the above occurred. And yet, looking back on my 2017, I don’t believe that I would really want to change it at all.

This year saw me forge some extremely strong friendships, revisit destinations that I first went to all the way back in 1999, and finally fulfil a bucket list wish that I have dreamed of for as long as I could remember. Most importantly though, it allowed me to (more…)