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Spot the difference

‘You’re a bit weird dad.’

 Once the searing honesty had subsided, I thought for a second about my eight year old’s pearl of wisdom.

‘Well, it’s good to a bit weird. I replied.

When she said this, I’d like to think she was referring to my love of Spandau Ballet. (Fair cop). But I sensed it was my commitment to an impression I was doing to make her laugh. It struck me afterwards about how we define ourselves and others as ‘weird’ or ‘not normal.’ Is it the job we do?  If you are a deep sea diver off the North Atlantic then you are in the minority compared to a factory worker. However both equally provide for an individual and their loved ones.  Is it our colleagues? The person who is socially awkward at work? Maybe they haven’t been given or shown the tools to cope in life? Is it our family? Why is one sibling totally different from the rest when given the same upbringing by their parents? It strikes me as ‘weird’ how quickly we see the difference in others without looking at our own oddities. . .

Why do we conform to being ‘normal’ or at the very least wanting to be perceived as normal? Must have kids. Must earn loads of money. Must get married. There is nothing wrong with any of those choices as long as they are your choices and they don’t come from a need or desire to fit in socially. So often we miss out on what is around us because we are consumed by where we aren’t, what we’re not earning, who we are not with. How much of our lives do we spend thinking about fitting in, instead of embracing who we really are?  I’d like to think we are all bit weird, we all have parts of us that we suppress out of embarrassment or fear. But the truth is, this is where our soul lies, it’s what makes us an individual. What makes you stand out? What makes you, you?

To cut a long story short.

It’s true,

I am weird.

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I am who I am.

‘It’s how i was brought up.’

I’ve heard this line many times in my life. When we think about what defines us, we can often blame our behaviour and thoughts on things that have happened to us. A big indicator for this is our parents. The things we learn from them as we are growing up stay with us into adulthood, and if we aren’t consciously aware of what those learnings are it’s easy to fall back on old patterns and put barriers up when life throws things at us. An example would be when we feel we can’t do something or we don’t want to feel a certain way.  Clients will often say to me, ‘I’d love to be able to do it, but I don’t feel confident enough.’ They will then go on to tell me various other areas of their life where they have shown great confidence!

As people we are reservoir of resources, so what are we choosing to not know about ourselves?

 The things that we see as negative in ourselves are also our greatest strength. What does this mean? Well the person who is sensitive and takes things to heart, is also the same person who is very good at listening, and empathising with people. The person who is shy, is also the same person who is confident.  All of us are many things to many different people. Think about how many different parts of ourselves we must utilise in a single day to make of the most it.  We are who we are because of what has happened to us, not in spite of it. So the next time you want to blame a parent, sibling, or friend for your behaviour, blame them for all the good in you.

After all, it’s how you were brought up. 

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Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

“Will you hold my pint for me?”

I was asked this recently at a gig by close friend, not because they had a tiny bladder, but because they wanted to get their phone out and hold it above their head as the band played their biggest anthem.  On the way home I asked him why he was filming it, instead of enjoying the moment?

“I just put it on my Facebook and Instagram page.”

“Why?”

“So people can see what I’ve been up to.”

“But you missed one of your favourite songs. . . “

“I didn’t, I was there.”

I was there. . Mmmm.

It’s true my friend was there in body, but at the most important point of the gig his mind was elsewhere. He chose to focus on the external, on what others might think or say about his attendance at the concert. Maybe the outside world is desperate to know my friend has got a social life, maybe their lives are so devoid of enjoyment they rely on him for constant updates. . .

While we were talking it struck me how much we do in this life. We sit at home with our children, partner, or parents and we can be having a lovely time, but where are we really? Worrying about what we said to somebody, or planning a difficult conversation at work. All this relies on the idea that everybody else cares more about you than they do about themselves. Which of course is a total fallacy, as people outside of your inner circle couldn’t care less about your worries, your upcoming difficult conversation or your shaky video of a band they don’t like on your Facebook page.

How much calmer and fulfilling would our lives be if we could stay in the moment, and not create a false narrative about what other people are thinking?

As we walked away from the din of the stadium crowd, I could see my friend needed a break.

“Come on, lets pop in here for a beer.”

“Is it my round?”

“No I owe you one, I drank yours watching the band.”

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To do … or not to do

“If I write it down, then I’ll definitely do it.”

I have often thought this when writing my infamous to do list. It’s a wide-ranging and often dubious reminder of what I’m not doing or avoiding.

Paint fence
Power wash the drive.

Even the more basic things find a way of appearing
Post letter
Go to bank

It got to the point where I considered having a to-do list for existing
Get up
Brush Teeth

I often laughed at my inability to live without a list.

However, I began to notice the comfort of what putting things in future (without actually doing the vast majority of it) was bringing me. Why write about doing something, feel better and then do nothing? Surely the point is to take action!?

I started to go further. If I was procrastinating about the small things, what about bigger things? How much of my ambition and career focus was I putting into the mythical future? When I did sit and think about what I wanted to achieve, it sometimes felt overwhelming. The truth is there can be a disconnect between want and belief. We know what we’d like to do, but we put barriers in the way, and potential what if’s.

It’s similar to when people want to go travelling. ‘What if we get stuck?’ What if we run out of money? Probably best if I don’t go. What we miss is that the ‘what if’s’ are what makes the journey worthwhile. What we learn about ourselves and the confidence we gain are invaluable. It’s important to remember that the journey is more important than the end goal. However, the journey only begins when we take action and put ourselves in a position to fail.

I’ve stopped writing things down, and instead I’ve got a clear goal of what I want to achieve. I set a time frame and focus my energy into the small individual steps needed to get there.

Which reminds me, I need to paint the fence.

I just need to find the brush…

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Carpe Diem

Wendy has just asked me (for the third time this week) to put the lid back on the coffee. It’s vital I remember this as the coffee will dry out, which will affect the taste and the aroma. These things are important; apparently.

Quite a while ago, a friend of mine asked me to do him a favour. He was booked to do a short film but had to cancel at the last minute due to family circumstances. He asked if I would step in and take his place, as he didn’t want to let the producer down. I hesitated at first. I’d been working all week and was looking forward to a weekend off, plus it wasn’t paid and I didn’t know anybody involved. However, my friend was persuasive. He offered to pay my bus fare and buy me a beer… oh go on then.

I arrived on set and got chatting to some people huddling around a little fan heater. One of the guys there was called Brian and we hit it off straight away. I started telling him that I wanted to go into teaching or coaching to supplement my acting. He mentioned his agent had just started an acting school, and it be would worth giving him a call to see if he could offer me anything. I didn’t really think much of it, to be honest. Well actually I did – surely he would be set up already?

The day came to an end and Brian and I swapped numbers.

A couple of weeks later I was running to catch a train and I missed it. Brilliant. As I stood on the platform trying to stop my feet from going numb I got a tap on the shoulder. It was Brian. He had been at a meeting that had overrun and was on his way home. He asked if I’d called his agent about the possible job opportunity. I hadn’t and I made some excuse about being really busy. The truth was I didn’t really believe his agent would be interested. I had no experience and I felt cheeky walking in off the street.

Brian’s train arrived and we said goodbye.

On the way home I started to think about the chain of events. I had met a stranger on a job, who I got on with very well. He offered me an opportunity, but I hadn’t done anything about it. By total coincidence I met him again, and again he mentioned the opportunity.

Maybe I should give his agent a call?

The day after I called Darren, Brians agent. He asked me to come in for a meeting. I went in and we had a really good chat. He was about to do a short summer course, which he asked me to work on with him. He thought this would be ideal as it would give us a chance to have a look at each other and see if we could work together more permanently. Darren and I got on great and I finished the summer course knowing I’d made a good impression.

How many times in life do we turn opportunity down because we’re tired or busy? Or maybe we don’t believe in ourselves, or are unwilling to take a leap of faith? Luckily for me, I said yes to a friend and made a new friend who introduced me to Darren. Ten years later I still work with him.

Oh, and something else happened too  …

On the first session of the course, I met a girl who claims to this day she didn’t fancy me initially (which I think was just lies). As it turns out she did like me after all, so much so that we now have two beautiful girls together.

Her name is Wendy, and she likes her coffee with the lid on.

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