“You don’t know what you have got until it is gone”. A common phrase that everyone will have been told at some point or another. It’s applicable to pretty much all walks of life as well, from the unsung hero, to the all-rounder at work, to that friend who may fly under the radar but will never let you down when you need them most.
Most importantly, it’s a phrase that should resonate strongly when it comes to your family, especially your parents. At least, it does with mine. All three of them. And it is especially prevalent when it comes to social media interactions. (more…)
When I first set out to write this post, it was to be about certain luxuries from back home that I have missed whilst travelling. Some of these can be quite obvious, from family meals to pieces of clothing (such as my suits). However, the more I thought about it, the more I found that one element dominated my thoughts over every else.
See, whilst I do indeed miss several things, I find it is the absence of my dual screen set-up that I miss the most. More often that not, this comes upon me whilst either wanting to write a blog post or edit photos.
Unfortunately, I am someone who – unless overcome in the moment – requires a constant distraction whilst I work. Whether it be music, a film, or a TV show, I find I often work better with something happening in the background. My favourite is either a film or TV show because whilst it is simultaneously a visual and auditory distraction (more…)
I haven’t posted in a while I know. That isn’t due to a lack of possible content, but more because I feel there hasn’t exactly been anything to post. Until now that is.
What you’re about to read won’t be pretty, elegant or eloquent – after all, it is part of my ‘Untitled’ collection – but it will be brutally honest about my opinion/feelings on goodbyes, drawing on personal experience with the odd observation added in.
First of all, I would like to make one thing clear, goodbyes suck. At least, in my opinion they do. The dictionary definition for goodbye is: “an expression of good wishes when parting or at the end of a conversation”. To be honest, I think this is pretty weak. I believe that J.M Barrie hits the nail on the head in Peter Pan when he wrote “never say goodbye, because goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting”. It is a poignant line that has stayed with me for many a year. Why? Well, because it is true.
It’s 368 days since I landed back in the UK after a 6 week excursion to Australia’s East Coast.
I said then that my goal would be to return within 12months – I never expected to come close to completing the feat however.
I’ve had such a great time back in Milton Keynes though, creating a lot of fantastic memories along the way. I’ve made new friends and re-connected with old ones. More importantly I’ve spent a lot of time with my family.
Tonight my best friend’s 5yo cousin told me she was going to marry me without a hint of uncertainty in her voice. How precious is that?
It’s a sort of rash boldness, a sort of certainty that we lose as we get older. With each coming year we become more bashful. More shy. The straight talking occurrances become few and far between and that is disappointing. It’s almost like becoming more aware of things – such as consequences – becomes more detrimental in relation to our lifestyle.
On the other hand, I felt a sort of peace tonight. Whilst I was in a taxi drinking a beer on my way to my friends house for New Years Eve, I felt contented. Honestly. Thoughts of the entire year raced through my head and I was at peace with everything.