Hello and welcome to Somewhere Amazing!
I’m a 42 year old man (I know I don’t look that old…thanks for saying that…) who has had voices in his head (not in a bad way) for years without knowing what to do with them. So I decided to start a blog to release my inner voice!
I have a BA Hons and MTh but consider life to be the greatest learning arena of all. Academic learning is important if that’s the pathway you take but, in my view, it doesn’t reach its potential until it is shaped and revised by experience of life’s ups and downs.
I read many genres including science fiction, fantasy, crime, theology, psychology and some biography. I am hopeless at the sciences. I am a slow reader so choose reasonably carefully what I read. I don’t know why I read slowly, I just know that after half an hour or so I experience mental fatigue so have to break then come back to a book. Its also strange that even though I’m a slow reader I have a tendency to jump into books that are parts of an epic series. I’ve read the first book in Robert Jordan’s Eye of the World series, and the first in Peter Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn series. Both took me an absolutely age to get through and I may not get any further in these series. I did complete Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy in four books (!) but it took me two years!
I enjoy music, many genres again, and it played an important role in my recovery from illness. I enjoy driving, when petrol prices aren’t prohibitive and allow me to get further than the bottom of the drive and back. I have a wee dog, not dissimilar to the one in the photo, (except real and usually on four legs…) and like taking him for long (and short) walks. I have gym membership but don’t use it anything like as often as I should or would like.
I suffered from ill health (depression) for many years and am now at a place where I’m ready to take the transformed me and stride out on a new pathway and face all it has to offer.
This is a site for charting that journey, celebrating amazing places and moments along the way and looking forward to an amazing destination. This is a journey from where I am now, to somewhere amazing. That’s the idea anyway!
Somewhere amazing will be different places for different people but the one common aim is that every person on this journey (for it is best experienced as a shared journey) will aim for a destination that will give them hope in the journey. We want to celebrate the oasis in everyday life that lifts up the downcast, is the sunshine in the darkness, the laughter in the gloom. Those moments that remind us that our life is worthwhile and to keep on keeping on.
I’m a Christian (bear with me, I’m aware that word will have different connotations, good and bad, for different people depending on their location and experience) and although this blog isn’t designed to state my faith at every turn there will inevitably be posts here and there which will to some extent reflect that faith. My faith has been a life line for me and although some won’t share that view, it is impossible for me to separate my life and faith. You won’t find sermons here but there may be the occasional meditation if I think its something I want to share. Some will read that word ‘Christian’ and already have done a runner. No problem, I respect your choice, all the best, have a good life, etc.
…still here? Well done you!
I suffered from depression for the best part of ten years. I am not fully recovered and don’t know if I ever will fully recover, but am recovered enough to want to make an effort to write and share experiences from my past and present. Writing drives me and thrills me and fills me with a sense of possibility and the urge to create and communicate, it makes me feel alive and I love the process of transferring my thoughts to paper or the screen. During the years when I felt my worst, writing, albeit in very short bursts back then, helped me to understand my own condition and helped me find a route out of it. Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is pick up the pen or touch my fingers to the keyboard, but when I do, I come alive. I have reached the stage where I believe that in my own way I can offer examples from my own experience which may help others. Even if they don’t help others, I like the process of putting my thoughts onto the screen.
I am going to try to find the places I will call Somewhere Amazing, from my past and present and, hopefully, look forward and enjoy the journey onwards to my own personal Somewhere Amazing.
I will no doubt edit this a I progress, and as I get to grips with how WordPress works…hasn’t been straightforward so far!
Thanks for reading.