It’s been a pretty good bank holiday weekend with the addition of the Friday that just passed I took as a day off, much needed in my line of work, or we’ll deserved should I say.
It’s always tough when posting as I feel I lack a central theme for my blog as it’s lost some of it’s purpose as the years have gone by and with ever fewer posts. Writing a piece that’s concise enough not to bore but content rich enough to actually make one pause for a moment is an achievement, though this will only come with more posting and refinement as well as feedback… (This is for True)
Reflecting on the time that has passed I wouldn’t say I’ve used it amazingly well but I’ve got the rest I wanted and recharged my mind, and soul though the body took a bit of a beating on Saturday’s BBQ, whiskey can be quite delicious :-D. I’ve spent time with some friends and Family, caught up on my gaming and started planning for my quick approaching birthday (planning is a chore)…
Ultimately this post comes back full circle to goals, it’s something I’ve touched on around about the same time last year. Getting older, feeling the need to achieve more or to just grow and evolve as a person. Feeling the need to live up to your own potential. I’ve actaully started reading, yes reading, not on a pc screen, smart phone or tablet device. I’ve actually picked up a bonifed paper book, something which is a rarity in my life.
The Book itself is titled the “The Undefeated Mind” fair to say it’s more of an account and guide into the experiences of an American Buddhist Physician. I’m not nearly far enough into it to give an in depth overview or review of the book itself however I am interested to find out more about the writer’s experiences and how it can be used in my own life or at least provide me with a better perspective in life, not only to benefit myself but the way in which I interact with Friends, Family, career etc.
Probably the most important thing to take away from my weekend is that goals, meeting them takes hard work. I’m never afraid to put in the effort if I believe it’s worth it but the issue is realising or even rationalising why you want to do something, perfect example being blogging. Blogging in it’s basic function is to share, it could be ideas, pictures, music, opinions, facts or feelings. For me sharing what goes on in my mind is quite a difficult thing as I am quite a private person to a certain degree, but I think I see blogging as a way of sharing and bypassing the need to actually speak about my inner most thoughts in person.
Without motivation and drive you won’t achieve but just as essential is underlying reason, you may argue that these three words are interchangeable which is fair enough but yes there is always that something deep inside that moves and inspires you to set goals. Keeping that alive is what I find difficult.
Reflection over for now, and back to work in a few hours. It will be interesting to see how much I can get done in two weeks up until my Birthday. Have a great start to the week!
Hello! How is everyone doing? Hope you’ve all had a wonderful bank Holiday, I’ve had quite the busy one myself but memorable nonetheless.
The Hoxton Underbelly
I guess the best place to begin would be Friday, I was fortunate enough to have the day off though I did feel somewhat guilty considering how busy work is become and leaving my colleague to deal with it… So Friday evening terrible weather, big issues with ones hair (Haircut needed) and Wondering what to wear. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Hoxton Underbelly in Shoreditch to see my friend perform at a intimate gig. I’ve never seen him perform and he seemed very modest about the whole thing which only fuelled my curiosity and anticipation even further. He didn’t disappoint not in the slightest. He is the front man for the band and writes all the lyrics himself though it would be rude not to mention his band members and their amazing talent !
I hope they don’t mind me sharing this photo of them, however these guys definitely deserve any praise they receive. Back to the band themselves there are some clear influences going on such as “Guns and Roses”, “Rod Stewart” and “David Bowie” to name a few. What was amazing is that they write all their own music and they have such a great presence on stage. I may not have seen enough live performances in my life to be have a great deal of authority on what might constitute a great live show however conversely my lack of knowledge on the subject makes my expression of how much I enjoyed it more believable. Do you agree ?
As Well as Moxy Ru there were a few other bands that graced the stage, all being independent band which I don’t think have record labels backing them, but these days that doesn’t really account for much considering the ability to self publish and distribute material. “Jay Scott & The Find” was the only band I actually remember, which is all thanks to their overly enthusiastic Manager taking it upon himself to let me know that I am his buddy, hug me and offer me a business card. It was a pretty surreal experience considering this guy was pretty larger then life and could have honestly snapped me in two if he wanted ….
The Venue itself was pretty cool and was separated into two sections. Their was the main Bar and seating area and a side entrance to the basement level where the mini stage,another bar and comfy sofa’s and seats doted around. Very spacious, the drinks reasonably priced and the food was “AMAZING” according to my bestie Anand. £4.00 for a ticket to view the performances though I was fortunate enough to be on the G-List as my Friend so lovingly calls it, get it G-List….. We stayed till the last performance and made ways back home and arrived at about 12.30. I had to be up in a few hours to get my things ready and catch a train to Dorset South Station at 9.00am From London Waterloo. Fun times ! Highlights of the night were: The music, The company, the Venue and being asked if I had any cocaine or where I could buy some as the gentleman was only in the U.K for four days (Strange but true) Maybe I was looking a bit shifty at the time..
The Dorset Get Away
It’s 5.00 am my alarm goes off and I decide I need at least half an hour to snooze which isn’t too unreasonable considering I went to sleep at about 1.30 am is it ? Half an hour later I force myself to get up and shower then get my things ready, always thinking to pack light as I would be coming home the next day. Luckily for me Anand stayed over and was kind enough to give me a lift to wear I need to be at another friends place for 7.30 am, I did make him some tea whilst he snoozed. The feeling of someone brining tea in bed is bloody brilliant, well that’s how I see it anyway (is it just me?)
Once myself and my Friend has everything we needed to got on the Tube and made our way to London Waterloo and start the 3 Hour journey to Dorset to Visit our lovely Friends for a belated Birthday Celebration. The Journey was pretty long but I had three essentials items needed on any long journey.
Hooded Jacket or Jumper
Headphones or Earphones (preference Really)
MP3 player, Smartphone or Tablet device
These three items combined made the journey that much more bearable, though I should mention I wasn’t travelling alone but I think my friend and I were just so dam tired from being up so early. Eventually we arrived and were greated by our wonderful friends with Chai Lattes in hand and begun the journey to Bridport where they live.
I feel like I should have been taking a lot more photo’s but I was just that content with viewing the surroundings with my eyes and listening with my ears that I didn’t feel the need to constantly grab my phone from out of my pocket and capture. I feel the image encompasses the most part what I saw in one image, though there is loads more to see up close and personal. I think the brilliance of this place is that it made me feel that much more relaxed. I am not a nervy character or someone who get’s easily flustered but I don’t have a knack for being switched on a bit too much sometimes and my Good Friends know this.
So whilst I was there I was constantly asked are you feeling relaxed yet to my amusement but hey after a couple of hours walking through the vast fields, feeling the beating sun and gazing into the horizon across the sea I was dare I say it .. Relaxed.
My Friend’s in Dorset were super accommodating and we met some of their friends as well, who I must say were wonderful. Guess if there was anything to take away from the whole experience is that I am very fortunate to have a good bunch of Friends but also that it’s really important to be able to put yourself and life into perspective. Living near the city and working pretty central in London, it can be hard to detach yourself from work, life stresses and really take stock of what is going on. Walking through the tranquil fields and looking in awe at the sea and hearing just hearing natural sounds really was a enjoyable feeling. One of my Friends in Dorset explained the contrast of being a country born and bred guy, studying in London and how life can be so chaotic in the city and how having the country to go back to is a bit of a blessing. London has it’s perks and attractions but the country will always be where his heart is. I don’t blame him though but I don’t think I would trade the city life any time soon. There is something about it that mesmerises, I’m still searching for that city spirit that exists in some niche corner of London. For the while the only views I am fixated on are the ones in the picture below…
The views aren’t as infinite as the sea but something lurks out their in the dark skies and florescent lights, I like the idea of that. Anyway getting back to the point. Dorset was great to be in, and I can see the appeal that it has. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and the company I was with. Two days isn’t enough so I’ve kind of promised I would come back soon and stay for at least 4 or 5 days, I wouldn’t mind going out on my own and getting lost in the fields. Unfortunately like most things the stay had to come to an end and the arduous journey back home was rearing it’s long face in front of us, the only thing keeping us going was the thought of the bank holiday BBQ’s our family had waiting home for us.
Bank Holiday Sunday BBQ
After the long trek back home I was greeted by my somewhat confused brother and mother who weren’t quite sure where I had been since Friday evening though it was mentioned to my dad a week ago (My family is a bit rubbish at communication, myself included..) The wonderful things about BBQ’s are the laid back nature of them and the opportunity to just let your hair down with the ones you love. My nephew who is almost two was being his typical self, running around and full of energy,always shocks me how sharp and alert he is for his age, certainly puts all of us to shame I feel when we were his age! Overall it was a nice wind-down from the busy weekend and travelling. Soldering on through to the late night I did here some words of wisdom from my oldest brother (Interesting to get an insight into his values) about how it’s important to show people respect in life no matter where they have come from, been through or do in life. We all start somewhere to get to where we want to be but it’s important to be mindful of the journey we go through. Who know’s what will happen tomorrow I suppose..
That about brings things around full circle. The bank Holiday Weekend is over and I should be up for work in a few hours. As usual I didn’t include everything I wanted to express but at least you hopefully will get a feel for what I have said and maybe enjoyed reading about it. Thank you for reading and hope the start of your week isn’t so bad. I’ll be back soon with some more musings, till the next time, take care.