I was out running on Sunday morning and it struck me that there seemed to be massively more other runners out than usual. Great to see so many people also making the effort to get themselves fit, you might think. But hold on a minute. These are all new runners – they haven’t been out … Continue reading Fairweather Fitness: or the Value of Discipline
I’ve been pondering over what to write about since just before Easter. I have a list of topics I want to write about that I drew up a few months ago when I started this blog. But nothing was leaping off the list and there were other things demanding my attention (buying a house, end … Continue reading Where has the fun gone?
I’m not sure why, but I have never seen happiness as a necessary outcome of my life. Indeed, for large portions of my life, I haven’t even seen my own happiness as desirable. I don’t know whether that is, in itself, good or bad but I do know that at many times I have lacked … Continue reading Is life about happiness?
On March 1st in The Economist there was an article titled 'Total eclipse of the arts: the quiet decline of music in British schools' which detailed the decrease in uptake for music at both GCSE and A-level. There have been many such articles in recent years and all have bemoaned the drop off in funding … Continue reading A response to The Economist
One of the hardest decisions I have made was to change careers. The hard part wasn’t working out what other option I might take; the hard part was no longer pursuing the career I had set myself. It had been on my mind off and on for a couple of years but I hadn’t ever … Continue reading Why is change hard?
Fail hard and fail often is written so much in self-help literature that it has become a cliché. It is also one of the most debunked self-improvement strategies that I have come across. Having read a LOT about failure and spent a great deal of time feeling failure myself, I think that the most valuable … Continue reading Why is failure good?
Two years ago, I had just about organised myself into a state in which I felt things could be OK. I was a few months into teacher training, having taken the momentous-feeling step of completely changing my career and the direction and purpose of my life. I was a few months away from the lowest … Continue reading Returning to old ground