Embrace the glorious mess that you are….
Let’s start with a do… I do use Twitter. I use Twitter as a newspaper. It’s not meant to connect with me with friends or family (although I do follow friends), it is my daily read. I don’t have to pop down the road to the newsagents, I simply open Twitter and read the perfect newspaper for me. I connect with news articles about the Raspberry Pi #raspberrypi, about cycling (#cycling), about life issues. As an aside at this point in time I am particularly interested in encouraging and promoting women in sport, films and tech. I have two daughters and I really want them to have every freedom available to them…. but more than that I want every women in this world to have every opportunity… but even more than that, there are some brilliant women out there and I enjoy what they do and produce. So Twitter is my daily newspaper. It connects with me with the news.
Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life
I doubt this. I doubt this on a massive scale. When I was a lad I went out on the streets and hung out with my mates. It was fun and no we didn’t cause trouble. We just hung out. This has been the trend for many a year and it doesn’t seem to happen so much anymore. I know safety is an issue. I understand that but I personally think there is a bigger issue, and for me Facebook and the like is one of the contributors to stopping people connecting. There tag line says we help you connect – through a phone or a computer – what about through a hug or a slap on the back or over a milk shake or yes in a bus stop on a wet day.
People connect in the real life drama of relationships. People connect in tears and laughter, in hugs and in joy, in encouragement and solace, in poetry and in silence.
Computers allow you the opportunity to send an email but they can never replace the kind word of a stranger when I slipped the other day. Or the smile at my silly hat! A text can never replace the joy I get when I see my daughters after being away for a few days. Yes I have spoken to them on the phone….. but wow those arms, I really need those arms. When I tell my wife I love you she doesn’t feel it until I wrap my arms around her, she needs that intimacy, that safe place and I need it to.
Facebook didn’t set out to stop this but it seems to me that the digital world live in is an obstacle to that real life connection we need in every day relationships with people.
Need a hug anyone…
Well the end of one journey the start of another. Where will this journey take us as a family and when will it end?
I would love to head back into youth work….
I would love to develop the four wheel bike and also do more gardening projects with young people. The Clay Country has a lot of scope for developing community projects and the young have nothing in that area.
Either way I am excited and appalled. I feel somewhat mistreated. The last 3 months have been traumatic with the discovery of cancer and then the operation. For a company who are meant to have the community at heart, they forget I am part of their community.
Anyway, the journey continues……
Do you ever stop and take stock of your life? re-evaluate your goals? Have you ever thought about life’s aspirations?
If not why don’t you brainstorm now…… Give yourself 5 minutes and write down anything that comes to mind.
For instance mine would look like:
Get married ~ Have children ~ Be a hero ~ Build a garden ~ Build a house ~ Deepen my Christian faith ~ Be a good friend ~ Plant a wood ~ Take my daughters camping in bivvy bags ~ Teach my daughters how to cook ~ Build a retreat centre ~ Build a tree house ~ Build a soft-top Morris Minor ~ Make a juke box out of a Raspberry Pi
Just a quick list. But it can be split into a variety of levels – long, medium or short term. I can say that I have completed some of my long term goals. I’m married to an amazing and beautiful woman and I have two incredible, talented and fantastic daughters. I now own a house and the garden is bring developed. This goal can be enlarged upon. I have my back garden but I would love an acre to work in. That would be even better!
Anyway, what I am trying to say is I am completely happy with who I am and where I am but without setting goals I might stay still. Find myself in 5 years in an unhappy place. Life has been good to me and continues to be amazing to me and I cannot see how life will develop and become different over the next few years.
“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.” Albert Einsteen
As you go older time seems to go quicker. This happens because the value of a day lessons as life lengthens. By value I mean 1 day as part of 3 years is a larger fraction than 1 day of 54 years. Time shortens.
So seize every moment. Put down that phone and talk. Don’t stay in work longer than you have to. Live life for the now. Yes plan for the future but don’t let it dominate. Live for today.