Starting out all over again . . .

7 Nov













I often wonder why I put ellipses after so many of my titles (that’s ….. if you didn’t know). I think it’s because for me it’s not so much what’s been said, as what comes next. What might be said, what might happen. We live, it seems, in a world of potentiality, where everything can change in a heartbeat, where our future spins on the turn of a card, on the moment of decision.

In 2010 I took the decision to go round the world… the story of that epic trip is told elsewhere on this blog, in a series of posts that took me from the US to Hawaii to Mexico… through Australasia into Asia and back over 12 months. That experience was one of the most incredible and transformative of my life.

And having come back, life seems to lack some of the craziness of adventure again. I’ve got a huge bucket list of things I want to do, places I want to see, adventures I want to have. Perhaps it’s time to go do some of them.

"A ship in harbour is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for,"

– Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper.

There are some adventures I didn’t expect (or want) to have… financial crises, a debilitating lack of personal confidence.. some were welcome surprises, like my involvement with a Blues Dance organisation that’s taken me to crazy places and allowed me to meet wonderful people.

So this post is all about putting my intention out there – for more experiences, more amazing stuff coming into my life. It’s not about the house, the car, the possessions… but it is about the experience, about what we bring into the world. Maybe that adventure will be about my impact on the world. Maybe it will be about travel. (I doubt I’ll be gone for 12 months at a time though!) Maybe it will be about experiences that deepen me as a human being. It’s about saying ‘bring it on’. It’s about showing up for what might happen in my life if I let it.

As a friend of mine reminded me a while back:

“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Jack Daniels in one hand and  chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ‘WOO-HOO, what a ride!!’”

– and perhaps that’s what I am looking to attract into my life.. to say ‘YES’ to whatever is waiting to happen.

Time for an adventure? Hell yeah!


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(oh, yes, that is me jumping out of a perfectly good aeroplane)


One Response to “Starting out all over again . . .”

  1. Andy Lander November 7, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    My Dear Friend. You have to do what your heart tells you to. I am driven to help those in need and am working towards that. For me that is what will make up for all off those that I have let down in the past. I believe you have a true journey that you need to go through. Across this world of ours, but one step at a time. Our lives ours similar but at the same time different. You seek new spiritual experiences in order to come to terms with your experiences. I am realising that I still have a lot to give to people, hence may have a job as a Mental Health Community Support Worker. An impressive title but just means I have the chance to make up for all the wrongs in my past. Stay safe my friend. Enjoy your journey through life and return to all of your friends with stories of what you have learned about yourself and people along the way. Despite all that has happened between Sue and me (and we are still friends) I count you as one of my best and dearest friends. Please stay in touch. Andy xx

    Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 16:04:35 +0000 To:

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