End of the 24th on the 24th

Finally me being 24 on the 24th of September is coming to an end. Mostly because, well, it was the hardest year of my entire life … so far. All the worst things that life can bring together in the one year i knew was going to be big. But big was bad. A bit like the Big Bad Wolf.

It made me think about what i would have done differently if i could. So many have told me that it’s better to just not regret and move on, but i realised that sometimes we need to regret. Without regret i feel we would simply not find the light afterwards, not learn. I am still searching for my light and maybe now that my cursed year has ended i may find some peace.

The one thing that i kept strong was positive thinking. That is important. That in the darkest of times there is still hope. However real or unreal hope may be at the time, fake or not, it is important and in my case it is the only thing driving me. I have begun exercising thoroughly, taking my body to it’s limits. For once you reach your limits, you can break them. That is when you become the better part of yourself, that is what i am working for. Sometimes we lose people close and it’s ok to be sad, but what is more important is that we don’t lose ourselves. Exercise for me seems to not only be strengthening my body but it has helped strengthen my mind and keep me alive. Turning 24 was the worst thing for me, but maybe turning 25 tomorrow will bring change into my world, and i’m not talking the copper kind. Even after all the bad, there was one good thing that came out of the horrors and that i’ll hold close. I just wish the future can bring more good than bad, who knows, maybe i’ll be surprised.

Thanks for reading.

 

It Never Rains, But It Soars

Today i woke up with muscle pains all over, but pains that make you feel good you’ve got them. Why would pain be good? Well maybe because physical pain can often be a sign of accomplishment. The accomplishment i am talking about here is a simple cycling journey i did.

I woke up and thought to myself when i looked outside my window, that this day is looking grim and it is probably going to rain, so maybe i should just stay at home. Then for once, i told myself that when is it ever going to be a good time, and the truth is, hardly ever. So i got my things ready, took out my bicycle and gave it a good clean, tweak, greasing and re-pumping. The time was well into 3pm but i was determined. I got completely ready, music to my ears, and set off on my small journey. Journey of choice…Romford. A mere 8 miles away, or approximately 13 kilometres away if you like that sort of thing.

ForestGate_To_Romford

My journey began pretty well and sun was shining… well… pretty well. Then after a long journey i managed to reach my destination. The fun began when i decided to go back home, which was about 30 minutes after getting there. The rain began to pour down. But i expected it and nothing was going to ruin my ride. The music was complementing the rain pretty well and together it became harmony. After a minor injury and a stormy ride i eventually made it home drenched in salty water. And in the end it felt painfully great. I was determined to do this and i did it knowing it could never really be a right time for it. After all nothing we plan or wish for ever comes at the right time and in the end, we realise that the right time is when we make time.

 

I’d Bank On That Picture

First of all i don’t really like banks. Phew that wasn’t too difficult. Anyway, Barclays have decided to bring back personalised cards, and this time instead of £6, it’s free…for now. Now i don’t want to be talking about Barclays, but what i do want to talk about is this personalising your card business. Of course it is a marketing strategy to get more people on Barclays accounts and so on and so forth, but what i do like about this is that for those that do already have cards from this bank or even wish to, you can put a cool picture on your card and rid of that corporate design.

That’s why i thought i would do a blog post on this. The best thing about it is that you can put pictures of your own art or even pictures of yourself, if you like that sort of thing. I decided to make my own image, thus below.

 

The Mysterious Symbol

 

It took eight versions to decide which one i was going to keep and after my selection above, i was able to complete my card and make it look like me, in some way, or form… yeah you get what i mean. It is likely that other banks will also begin doing this as it has become quite a successful strategy. There are still rules like, no copyrighted material, no celebrities, no promotional material and of course the favourite no inappropriate material… like aluminium. Here’s my final outcome for all that want my card details.

 

My Personalised Barclays Card

 

You actually thought i would give you my details. You’re better off just asking me. And why did i use this mysterious symbol you ask? Well, its mysterious so find out. Thanks for reading and safe banking.