[Lifestyle] Happy New Year!

So it’s finally 2020.  We’re living in a post-Blade Runner world, which seems a little odd to me.  Blade Runner was a dystopian future, something that took typical sci-fi concepts and turned them on their head.  Flying cars?  Check, but they’re limited.  Augmentations?  Sure, but there’s no wildlife left either.  Anyway.  It’s now 2020.

I’ve restarted my blog here to try and write a little more often.  It’s hard when you’re dealing with things like I am – mental health issues, work stress, uncertainties owing to Brexit and other political shenanigans despite the ever-increasing climate change threat.  It’s like seeing Nero fiddle whilst Rome burns.  But I also try to remain optimistic.  I’m still a vegan, and for multiple reasons.  It’s been very beneficial to deal with the IBS-like symptoms I have had for years.  I feel more ‘ethical’ in my food and clothing choices, although I will be having to deal with the difficult issue of motorbike gear. Fortunately I tend to wear textiles for my main safety gear, and my new motorbike helmet has no leather parts.  It’s just boots and gloves, the latter of which will need replacing shortly.  I vowed to used what I had so I could transition the gear a piece at a time.  So some research into vegan-friendly biker gear will be needed during the next month or so.

Honda CRB650FAs I’ve changed bikes, I was really wanting to get a full set of “leathers” for summer recreational riding, but this is another challenge I face.  Sport bikes and textiles aren’t exactly the ideal combination in terms of aesthetics.  Speaking of motorbikes, I’m still waiting on the return of my bike – having spent nearly two months at a repair shop because some blind idiot in a 4×4 decided that knocking it over was the best way to get out of their parking spot.  I was fortunate to spot them driving off without leaving information, got their registration before they drove off again after admitting fault.  Dealing with the police, insurance and trying to make fresh travel arrangements to my sisters wedding was a big pile of stress I didn’t need at the time.  Fortunately, they must have admitted responsibility as the repairs were authorised, and all seemed to be going well.  However the last couple of stages (road test, detailing, valet) have been slower than expected, so it’s now running about 2-3 weeks behind schedule.  Here’s hoping the new year will see a return of the white beast to my hands.

My minimalist mindset is needing some attention – I have been coasting along with things, and still have so much to do in terms of sorting stuff out.  Some things in my life need to be tidied up (I do like my books it seems) and some things still in boxes need dealing with and moving out of my life to charity shops, recycling, etc.  So this is an area I will be exploring once more and something I’ll be writing about occasionally as well.

All in all, despite the issues we’re facing as a species, planet, country, etc., I’m hopeful for 2020.  I’ve made a number of positive, challenging steps in 2019 and want to continue those further.  I hope you follow along with the progress, in whatever form it takes and wish all the best to you, my readers in this coming year.

The obligatory first proper post.

So, hello. This is the first post on what I hope will be a new blog, just random collections of thoughts, ideas, things I’ve done and how I’m doing in life.  A way of expressing myself through written words, which I find far easier than actually saying them in real life.  But more on that in later posts.  This is just the introduction.

I’m a 44yo professional dog walker, an ex-webdev, ex-sysadmin and a little bit of a nerd.  Especially when it comes to ambient music.  I love the stuff.  You’ll end up finding a lot of new music over the future posts I’ve got planned that explore a whole gamut of sub-genres within the ambient label.  There’s a particular focus on the more drone and dark ambient side of things, the melancholy of that particular sub-genre being quite beautiful in my mind.

I may also touch upon mental health issues, and give some discussion to anxiety, depression, self-confidence and more related to these areas.  There are a few other areas I’d like to cover, however I will post about them in due course once I’ve got into the flow of posting.

Finally, I’m going to tackle the area of minimalism, especially how it relates to the entirety of the above.  I am a minimalist, and have found it to be beneficial to my life. You may have noticed that from the design of my template – it’s been lightly modified by myself to suit my needs better.  It’s not been a perfect transition and hopefully as I talk about my experiences you may find some nuggets of information that prove helpful in your own voyage of practicing this.

So until next time.