Lesson 10 – Friendship is priceless.
They say that you can identify the characteristics of a person by meeting the 5 people they are closest to.
I was talking to my wife some days ago, about how as we grow older, some of the friends we had as children, teenagers, young adults, seem to drift out of our lives, and we are, we hope, left with a few, strong ties, peers, family extensions we call friends. Continue reading
Lesson 9 – Sometimes you just need “Me-Time”
After a tiring evening putting my son to bed I realised that in the past 3 months, i’ve not taken time out to go for a walk. It was a bout 8pm and I was getting to that agitated point in my day where I felt as though I needed to expend some energy before I rest my head.
As I grabbed by jacket, keys and phone (for emergency) and exited the door and down the street, I realised I had left my prized partner at home – my wife. For once, in a very long time, I was doing something that I wanted to do, that was just about me and fresh air (as much as can be had in the suburbs of the UK) and I was actually glad for the time to myself. Continue reading
Lesson #13 – The Truth doesn’t always hurt.
It’s a regular Friday and you’re at the office with your mum, playing around as usual. Somehow, you find a little tray of out of date heart shaped chocolates, and it all goes wrong from here on in… Continue reading
Lesson #8 – No, Means No.
I was asked to comment on the topic of “Sex Ed – Should schools improve their delivery, including the topics of relationships, consent, abuse, sexting etc” on the BBC Asian Network. Continue reading
Lesson #7 – 30 seconds can change your life.
I heard a story about a 23 year old man, who was the sole man in the house looking after his mother, his siblings after his dad left.
As fate would have it, trying to make ends meet he gets into the wrong company and ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. It took 30 seconds being in the wrong place, and he’s caught by the police, and I jailed for 2 years. Continue reading
Lesson #6- be kind to yourself. Be kind to others.
I was watching an elderly lady who sat down to have a cup of tea today at a coffee shop.. she was by herself and had a walking stick.
I saw another elderly lady, who was sat watching this same old lady. Dressed really well, taken good care of herself and I thought to myself, “I wonder what she’s Thinking?” Continue reading
Lesson #5 – Laugh. Lots.
I have always believed laughter is the best medicine.
My friends will say whiskey is, but I’ve never had a hangover from laughing too much.
Growing up my school friends thought I was weird. I found everything funny. Names, crap jokes, foreign words, a random memory, farting. Continue reading