Adventures & Insights

One man's adventures in the physical and intellectual worlds…

Find Your Foo

January 25th, 2018. Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia hosted another spectacular Foo Fighters concert.

Just one part of an ocean of fans. (Photo courtesy of Shaun Triggell)

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Shoutout to my Lady on her Birthday

I want to celebrate one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met; a beautiful woman who constantly amazes me with her awesomeness. A woman who is just crazy enough to want to accept the responsibility of being married to me.

Happy Birthday, lovely lady.

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Use Your Words

I’ve imagined that my return to blogging would trigger the comedic inspiration that got me through the majority of my early blogging years. I have found, however, that while I search out the spark that will reignite my lower frontal lobes, the more serious thoughts need to be explored and given breath. Inspiration is a fickle mistress, yet she must be obeyed no matter how or when she delivers her gift.

In the spirit of true random inspiration, today’s post comes to you courtesy of a haircut. Or, as I like to refer to it – an unfaircut.

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Reclaiming My Time

Well hello again – Happy New Year!

Sparkler

Four years ago I took a break from blogging to focus on a few things. During that time, many other things happened, so I’m still working on the things I was going to focus on back then. Looking back, it was a wild ride. Good things, including meeting my amazing fiancée Leah and finding a job that I actually enjoyed doing in a career that was never really my preferred one. Naturally, the cosmic balance must be maintained and so along with the good came the bad.

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It’s Been a Big Year – Change is Still the Only Constant

This may be the last blog I post here – the creativity and desire to express myself that I’ve enjoyed since the beginning of this writing adventure have waned. I can’t pinpoint the reason; it may be a loss of belief in myself,  the medication, or it may just be time for change. Whatever it is, I just didn’t want my previous post to be the last. In case I don’t come back here for a long time, I want to keep the vibe positive.

Change

So what have I been doing all year? I clearly haven’t been blogging. Let me fill you in…

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Challenge Accepted!

For me, the biggest part is to stop over-thinking and over-analyzing. Just write it.

challenge-accepted

A couple of weeks ago my psychologist told me what I’d suspected for years – I have depression.

I’ve always been the kind of person who keeps his personal business to himself; and I have realised that this has led to misunderstandings when people take my shyness or nervousness as stand-offishness or arrogance. Trust me, I do not believe I’m too good to talk to you. Regularly, the opposite thought is going through my head.

Depression is an unusual thing. A friend of mine asked me to help her understand it when I talked to her about it last week. This post is an attempt (one that will probably become a bit erratic at times – apologies in advance) to expand on the confused mess of words I spat out on that occasion. I wasn’t prepared for someone to show patience as I exposed a person who is very different to the personality that is usually seen by most people I know.

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My Japanese Adventures – The Sensational Sakura Safari (Part IX – Kyoto)

The words may be a little confused, but I think the message still gets across.

With the weather being less than favourable on our final morning in Takayama, Dad and I decided that we’d catch an early train to Kyoto. The 2 hour shinkansen ride eased us through green hills and rural pastureland, snaking quietly into more built up neighbourhoods and manufacturing areas as the city of Kyoto welcomed us into her embrace. Knowing that we were far too early to check into our hotel, we opted to investigate the tourist information centre for some further ideas (even though we really didn’t need them!) about how to fill the seven days we’d be spending in the remarkable city. Grabbing a map and a couple of brochures, Dad and I started off in the direction of our accommodation.

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My Japanese Adventures – The Sensational Sakura Safari (Part VIII – Goodbye Takayama)

So far our holiday has been exciting, interesting and fun. However, all true adventures must have an element of disappointment and despair. Today, I will share it with you.

Takayama is famous for a number of things – apples, beef, ramen, sake (DO try the peach sake if you get the chance) and a bi-annual festival of floats. The festival was a primary reason for Takayama being on our itinerary; we planned to be in town for the Spring festival and everything was looking promising. Having visited the float exhibition hall on our first day in Takayama, we were very excited to be seeing the floats on our last day in town. The weather had been perfect and our ryokan hosts had been more than happy to discuss the impending celebration with us.

Takayama Festival Floats

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My Japanese Adventures – The Sensational Sakura Safari (Part VII – Takayama contd.)

For any of you who are joining the story a little late – don’t worry. You can find all the catchup you need right here.

When embracing a different culture, it is important to open yourself up to everything it has to offer. Of course, while I believe that it’s good to step outside your comfort zone on occasion, it’s also important not to stretch yourself too far as you risk losing the appreciation through fear or obligation rather than willing surrender. Some cultural aspects can be intimidating; luckily, Takayama offers one that is almost too kawaii (cute) to bear!

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A Brief Respite

It’s been three weeks now since I last posted; I’ve been writing but the words have been faltering. Blog posts, and indeed some other writing is jumbling itself up between my mind and the keyboard/paper so it’s time for me to take a breather again.

I will be visiting all my brilliant writer-friends’ blogs. You guys are all my continuing inspiration and I will keep at it in the background. There’s still at least a week’s worth of Japan left to share and then there are the other ideas! So things will be quiet here at A&I but I’m not going anywhere. I hope that when I return I’ll see all the familiar faces that I’ve grown so fond of in this awesome little e-space.

🙂