Defying Gravity

‘Weight(less)’

Taken at Busselton Jetty Western Australia

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Somebody jumping off of Busselton Jetty WA

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Childhood Revisited

Childhood Revisited

Baby Photo Andrew

6 Months old

No I don’t remember this period of my childhood!

I do remember a lot from my childhood, some scattered memories here and there. The one that sticks in my mind the most is this one –

My parents always encouraged us to read and learn, at an early age we had a set of encyclopaedias that had many black and white pictures in them. I learnt about the Titanic and many other things from these books. I think I was around 3 or 4 when I first encountered them. One article was about New Guinea Highland headhunter tribes. The accompanying picture showed these headhunters in their full terrifying costumes. Around the time we lived in a semi-detached house in Bradford, UK. We also had a rocking chair. One night I had a very vivid nightmare, that I can still remember 47 years later. I dreamt the headhunters were coming down from our attic riding our rocking horse.

It isn’t a good memory, though it doesn’t scare me now, it did leave an impression on me. Maybe that was the start of me being afraid of the dark, right up until my mid twenties.

I am in the process of writing my memoir which will reflect on the first 50 years of my life. This will be on my writing site George Patrick Edgeworth. Look out for it in the near future.

Our childhood, the memories, experiences and events are what has shaped us to the person we are now. All the good, all the bad and all the experiences. Don’t dwell on them, throw away the bad ones, learn from the lessons and understand the impact they have on you and make changes for the better. Live, love, forgive, and most importantly be happy.

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Stuck in my Head – Earworm

Wednesday 30th December 2015 (Well it is in Perth Western Australia even though the daily prompt is for 29th December).
Earworm

Pottering around looking for jobs, reading posts on WordPress, making breakfast and playing scrabble with my darling. I just can’t get Heart on My Sleeve out of my head. This song is by Michael Johns – a former American Idol contestant who sadly passed away on August 1 2014. He was born in Perth, where I grew up and now live.

This song has so much passion and it has so much meaning. I choke up every time I hear it. I hope I haven’t given you an earworm! As long as it isn’t Achy Breaky Heart, Barbie Girl, Who Let the Dogs Out, Macarena and other ‘classics’…

Michael Johns – Heart on My Sleeve

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Fearless

Tuesday 29th December 2015 

Fearless Fantasies

For the daily challenge we are being asked to contemplate life without fear. Boy where do I start.

I was very timid as a child and never really stood up for myself until my mid-teens, even as an adult it was not until my 30’s when I started standing up for myself. So if I was fearless from day one I am sure things would have been totally different. I would have done things and taken chances on things that my timid nature would not have permitted. Maybe they would have all turned out bad anyway. Maybe the little bumps and scrapes I did encounter would not have been so little.

I know that if I had been fearless when I was 16 I would have probably been accepted into the School of Hotel Management and Catering and not rejected for being too immature or timid. That would have lead to a completely different path than the one that life took me on to here.

So as I contemplate the possibilities of being fearless and living out that fantasy I find it difficult to look so far back. It is difficult to decide what things you may or may not have done back then with a fearless attitude. All I know is life would have been totally different to the one I have lived and it would mean that I would never have met the love of my life. So I am glad I wasn’t and am not fearless.

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Now

Now

The photo challenge for 22 December 2015 is Now. This is a representation of now. I try and live in the now, not the past, not the future, but now. Though the balance is to live in the now with an eye on the future and mindful of where you came from.

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This picture is taken from our balcony onboard the Dawn Princess as we arrive in Sydney, it is the early morning. The ferry passing by the Opera House travels that way daily. Though, this precise moment will never happen again. The passengers and crew may be different the following day and they may all be wearing different clothes. All will have lived one day longer and had additional experiences to add to their lives. So this NOW is a once only. Make the most of it.

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Young at Heart

Young At Heart

The daily challenge for December 27 2015, is ‘Young at Heart’. This is what I aspire to do always, I may have just passed 50, but I want to always stay young in my outlook. I don’t want to ever be the guy that says “Back when we were young…” I try and keep up with technology and be up with the modern trends in music and popular culture. The music and popular culture are very hard to keep up with and enjoy, I find most tv shows are the same show in a different guise, most music today is heavily manufactured and insubstantial. So staying young at heart may not include being up with things that hold no interest to us, but we do need to be in the now and not living in a time when things were different. If we had the ability to travel back to that time we would more than likely find that now is much better than it was then, even though it may not seem like it. Stay young by being healthy, happy and content in what you have and where you are.

 

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A Relaxing weekend away from it all

October 2014

Needing a getaway from the hustle and bustle, and the inconsiderate behaviour of suburban living. We headed down to Yallingup, three and half hours south of Perth. We chose a luxury retreat with its own kitchen, spa and most importantly, seclusion. Continue reading

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