Saturday, 31 January 2015

Embracing Change

Having this morning been told that it was exactly a year ago today that I was competing at the 16th annual Euro Meet in Luxembourg, it has finally hit me; that is, the extent to which certain circumstances can change over the course of a mere 52 weeks.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Fulfilling Potential: You Are Not Special

An absolute favourite phrase of my school's previous headteacher was 'fulfilling potential.' This is an idiomatic expression that he tirelessly plastered around the school grounds before he was sacked. Sorry, he left on 'mutual agreement' with the school governors. On a Tuesday.

So anyway, these 'motivational' plaques were accompanied by giant canvasses embodying a number of obedient students who appeared to be unusually enthusiastic towards learning and in a strange trance I believe is meant to represent a young person being deep in thought. I'm honestly very surprised that they've lasted this long without being vandalised. Not a single cock and balls! Apart from their erection in the first place, of course, but that's a given.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Time Bending: Work To Live

A brief update, as I'm totally exhausted, after watching a TEDx video at the weekend my friend and I have decided to undertake a 100 day challenge. But this is no ordinary challenge. In order to succeed we must involve ourselves with at least one completely new experience every single day. It doesn't have to be anything major, so long as it's something that stimulates creativity, but more importantly joy.

Yesterday, for example, I walked to school in reverse while Ned had his hair cut, and the ends highlighted. I couldn't wait to see peoples' reactions at school today. If anything, in my opinion it doesn't look that bad - it almost suits him. Emphasis on the word 'almost.'

Back to my unorthodox method of travelling to school, I quite understandably received a number of strange looks from numerous onlookers, but funnily enough I'm not even bothered! If you knew me well enough, you certainly wouldn't believe it.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Get Fit Quick: It's a State of Mind

I've decided that I'd like to blog a little more frequently this year, if at all possible. That does mean that some future posts are likely to be a little shorter than the norm, but I don't necessarily think that this is always a negative trait in an entry. I guess we'll just have to see how it goes.

To keep the ball rolling, I thought I'd share a few quick thoughts on my newly devised training programme. Schedule. Whatever you want to call it. For those of you who are interested in the specifics, I hope to publish three similar pieces - one for each activity - so look out for those, but for now I'm just going to give you a brief overview of the timetable itself.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Escape Plan

That feeling that follows knowledge of an unexpected day off school. It's absolutely beautiful.

Yesterday evening after a full day of playing guitar, not wanting the Christmas holidays to end, I reluctantly navigated to our school's website in order to confirm that this week's lessons follow the B timetable.

What I found was better than even the best of gifts - "students return on Tuesday 6th January (week B)."

So seeing as I have another day at home and a little time on my hands, I thought I'd write one last post while I can, before returning to that crazy normality. But this one's going to be a little different.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

2014: The Best Bits

Seeing as it's New Year's Eve, I thought I'd leave you with a light-hearted end to 2014. We've already discovered that I envy Peter Pan, and would require intensive navigation training if I were to ever participate in the DofE award, but what I'd like to do this evening is write a quick recap favoured in balance of my best moments from this year, beginning at the most logical starting point.

But first, I have a wrongdoing to confess to. In my previous post, I forgot to mention the Yorkshires! How on Earth could I possibly commit such a sin?