A year since I left work and a poignant reminder that time passes quickly. How much have I achieved? Not much or, to be more accurate, not as much as I would have liked. I’ve earned a bit of money, I’m fitter and I’ve managed to keep these weekly blog entries going, even if they are just a collection of random thoughts.
When I left work I was in a rush to sort everything else. I’m not anymore. The idea that life can change overnight is wrong, that only happens if you win the lottery. It’s a fallacy of working for too long in an environment where everything must be done tomorrow. It’s exhausting, unrealistic and not conducive to long-term success. I’m living life at a slower pace now, or at least I’m trying to and some of the daft ideas I had when I started this ‘experiment’ have dropped by the wayside. I’m still on the lookout for part-time work and I regularly browse the classified ads for contracts.
If I’m honest, I don’t want to return to a high pressure work environment. It wouldn’t be good for my health and at my age I prefer being healthy to being well-off. Watching the pennies will be a struggle, especially as the country is in such turmoil at the moment but I enjoy a challenge. My other challenge is to give this blog a purpose. I can see from the stats that almost no one reads these pages but that’s not the point. This is (almost) a personal diary. If someone stumbles across it and enjoys reading a page or two, all the better but if they don’t that’s life.
Blaxhall village hall hosted Martin Simpson on Friday 14th September 2018. To have a performer of his stature playing there is quite a coup for this sleepy little Suffolk village. But not so surprising perhaps when musical heritage of the Blaxhall Ship is taken into account. Mr Simpson was on good form. For those that don’t know, he’s a virtuoso guitarist, songwriter and singer of folk music, with influences from both sides of the Atlantic. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen him perform and he never disappoints. His guitar playing is sublime, perfectly underpinning his voice – he tells a good story, too.
Over the coming months there’s a whole series of Blaxhall Sessions (as they’re called) and all the artists will be familiar if you’re into folk. The village hall setting is ideal for this type of music – small and intimate, it’s what folk is all about. Tickets are available at a bargain £14 + £1.40 booking fee. More information here: WeGotTickets