Perhaps it’s just me, but I spend a fair bit of time reflecting on life – especially when listening to Queen’s These are the days of our lives on my way to work. I guess this is not much different to most people, especially those of a contemporary age.
I think back to schooldays, with some difficulty as I don’t have many memories I want to recall from those times. Not that it was an unhappy time, just there is little that really happened. Besides, for some reason, I don’t trust those memories.
Ranging forward from these days, through my first stint in London, then the ultimately wasted 90s before finally leaving home in 2001. It was about then I first met up with Alicia, one of the few life-changing events in my 41 years and the one event that has made me happiest of all. Most of the rest you know, getting engaged, moving to London and getting married.
Sitting and thinking about all this, I guess it confirms that the person I am is a result of my early years. Living on the farm, I grew to be comfortable with my own company as the only time I was with others my own age was in school, and I never felt like I belonged. I’m still sort of that way, and I guess I don’t have that many close friendships, although I crave people around me, I don’t need them to get really close. I suppose I’m not really a people person…
Yet through being involved in the PR side of Hampton & Richmond Borough FC, I’ve become more comfortable around people, meeting, greeting and talking to them, and this has come through in my work life as well. I’m slowly bringing the private me into the public persona, just through being comfortable with my life at the moment.
Part of that is just having to do so, plus with the support and encouragement of Alicia backing me up, I now know I can.
This self-analysis has been brought to you via the 111 and 290 buses, with the assistance of Queen.