Monday, 15 October 2012

A blog of two halves

Growing up isn’t something that we have to think about too much as individuals. It just sort of…happens as we go on through life and day by day, we get a little bit older, a little bit wiser, we learn something new and chances are we forget something along the way. At least, that’s my excuse for not being able to understand mathematical differentiation. Then again, if you saw me during A Levels, it’s probably not too far from the truth to say that I didn’t understand it then either.

But then as we grow up, we start to lose out on things. A lot of people don’t have time to do the things that they used to enjoy doing, they don’t have a chance to play and retain some of that inner child. People find themselves stuck in the rut of working life where work dominates and as a result, everything takes a backseat because by the time you eventually get home…there just isn’t the energy to do everything that you once did. I’m not saying that we should all sit down on the carpet and play with Lego every day (though we should, Lego is awesome and doesn’t have an upper age limit…only a limit of your creativity), but we still need time to relax and enjoy life. It passes us by far too quickly and before you know it, time is almost up.

I realise that this is a completely different take on the usual sorts of posts that I write, but I felt that something needed to be written down. In the last few days, I’ve had conversations about these sorts of things with a few people. And the chances are that I’m spouting utter garbage, as is often the case...such as the incredibly far-fetched theory of the Egyptian Pyramids being built with alien technology, or ideas of things that I’ve heard in podcasts and taken a few steps further with my own research. It’s also because this is a life blog, and sometimes I don’t actually have a lot going on in my life, or things that really stand out and make me think they’re worth sharing. I mean, everyone has their own life going on...and there are lot of blogs doing the rounds these days, thanks largely to virtually everyone on a Year Abroad deciding to start one.  The ones that I’ve read are really fun...and I guess like my blog does, it serves the purpose of keeping up with what we’re all doing with our years and saves on those overly repetitive conversations of where life is.

I do know that I’ve been heavily sliding on the blog and it’s been...quite a while since the last blog post. It’s something that I need to correct and get back into the pattern of writing it regularly...and at the same time, I need to start writing the motorsport/F1 articles again. I’ve been writing other things in the last few weeks, so my creativity is still there since I’ve been writing a mixture of little short stories or I’ve just been doing thought streams and getting things off my chest. Some of them are interesting, some are not that interesting...but it’s good to keep writing, and it can give the opportunity to write down things that I can’t put in a public forum like this for whatever reason.

At work, I’ve now finished my opening stint at Sales and have moved to the wonderful world of Finance. There are times when I wonder why I’m in the job because I seem completely useless but whenever I ask for someone to check through my figures or check my spreadsheets, I appear to be doing the right thing. So I guess I’m doing a fairly decent job at living up to my statement during my interview of “I can learn quickly. Even if I don’t fully know what I’m doing straight away, I will do by the end of the day”. I have no idea how long I’ll be working in Finance for before I return to Sales, but I think I’ll be happy at either department.

I’ve also learned just how tricky it is to try and communicate in another language when you have no voice. I could feel my voice starting to strain a bit on Friday and then over the course of the day, it got progressively worse. By Saturday, I wasn’t able to say a thing for the majority of the day but then my ability to speak returned (for the most part) on Sunday. Roll on Monday morning though, and I was back to incomprehensible sounds. The moral of the story? Always say something in the morning BEFORE you get into work...otherwise when you open your mouth and find that you’re not making any sounds, you’ll be slightly freaked out!

October’s shaping up to be a good month...Amanda came up to Hamburg last weekend while Vejuna was in Rome on a business trip, so it was really good to hang out and catch up. I don’t think I realise just how much I miss my friends until I get a chance to see them and spend some time with them. It’s probably not helped by the fact that we’ve spent the best part of a month without a proper internet connection in the flat, but that should be sorted out relatively soon. Like I say though, I realised how much I miss it’s just as well that I’ll be going to Frankfurt in just under two weeks time. I can’t really express how much I’m looking forward to see the gang since it’s been MONTHS! Hopefully everything works out for everyone with transport and we can all make it...and it also ties in (sort of) as a makeshift attempt at a gathering to spend my 21st. Then the following weekend, I will definitely be heading to Oberhausen after booking my weekend ticket for the wXw/CZW shows. I’m not totally sure what to expect since I’ve not exactly spent a lot of time watching CZW or deathmatch wrestling in general...but with the Sunday show being a European Tournament of Death, I guess I’m going to get a good education on things!

All in all, I’m quite happy with life as it is. I’m sure it’s the same with everyone in life, but there are things that I wish could have played out differently, people I wish I could see more and people I wish I had more time to speak to. I’m slowly making inroads into the list of people that I need to catch up with but hopefully I’ll make some major progress with that in the coming days (especially after we get our internet up and running on Wednesday and I’ll be able to actually maintain a conversation on Skype!).

Life rushes by...don't get left behind. Enjoy the ride and make the best of every opportunity life throws at you.  It's terribly clichéd, but it's true.

Until next time (which I promise won't be quite as long!)

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