From This Day Forth (or 5th)


Read After Burnout

2013-01-30-13-49-37from Facing North

God knows why of all rooms I’d have to choose

the dark one facing North for me to write,

Liking as I do air, light and views,

though there’s air in the North Wind that rocks the

light I have to keep on, all year round, all day;

nor why, despite a climate I profess to hate,

and years spent overseas, I stay,

and, when I start to pack, procrastinate.

Tony Harrison 

This is my first day of the rest of my life.

I thought I may as well have it before it’s too late. I can remember fifteen years ago and being in the preliminary stages of realisation concerning the years I had been collecting. My footballing skills had most definitely waned and I started to see more and more grey hairs appearing on my sideburns. I had lost a bit of umph and had started…

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This is the story of what happened to me when anxiety took a grip. I lost my senses, I lost my job, and I lost me. I then turned to writing to find those things that had gone missing. How can you teach when you believe that education is a business that is failing in its primary remit of helping to create a better society? Indeed, how can you teach when you believe that you have nothing of value to pass on? The book/blog is the story of my recovery from the absolute darkness of the early days. It is an Odyssey through my life over the last twelve months and a retracing of my steps to discover how I found myself there. More than all of that, it is a re-evaluation and a rejoicing of all that which I call life. Happy reading and I hope it helps. There is madness, Everyday Madness, and not all of it comes from within.

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