Time Marches On . . .

July already – I can’t believe how fast this year is going and as each week passes I’m aware of a sense of  unfulfilled unease around me in certain areas of my life.

I dunno, maybe it’s because I’ve just turned 39 and am about to embark upon my mid life crisis stage – leather pants and gold medallions here I come 🙂 Or maybe it’s the fact that I still have not achieved my dream of financial freedom yet with online marketing.

Speaking of which, I’m still working  in Barnsley and it’s going ok. We have another addition to the team now, a young slip of a lad at just 18 years old called Alex. Again, just like the others in the team he’s a nice kid and with all the youth bashing that one hears about in the media these days it’s refreshing to meet young people who are actually achieving good things – they are the future after all.

They all impress me with their intelligence and ready wit but I can’t help feeling sometimes that I’m a bit of an outsider because of the age gap – I dunno maybe I’m just being paranoid and maybe it’s a symptom of the unease I’m feeling lately but I know I’m definitely not myself.

For the most part I’m still enjoying the job but I can’t help the feeling that I’m a bit out of place in some way.

On a brighter note, my daughter Corrina has just passed all her examinations for her chosen vocation in residential care. I’m so proud of her especially after a somewhat difficult and turbulent year which I wont dwell on but suffice to say it was quite traumatic for all of us as most teenage years are but hopefully now lessons have been learned and we can all move on.

Hearing of her good news took me back to my own memories of first starting out into the world of the dreaded four letter word ‘work’. At 16 I decided to pursue a career in catering, a decision I only made at the last minute whilst waiting in the careers office for my appointment with the careers officer and having no clue as to what occupation I wanted to train for I happened to look upon a poster for trainee chefs – not the best way to plan ones career but with an imminent meeting and a concerned father by my side I had to make a decision fast.

So there it was, the decision was made and I embarked upon what was to be the first of many and varied careers which I detail in the section called ‘My Crappy Job History’. I just hope that Corrina can find the career that feels right for her much earlier than I did and build upon it.

Another childhood celebrity passed away this week – Mollie Sugden of Are You Being Served fame died in her mid 80’s. She played the colourful character Mrs Slocombe in the popular BBC sitcom and again it’s sad to say goodbye to another part of ones childhood. It’s not that I was a massive fan of the show it’s more the fact that these reminders of happy childhood years which are now gone forever leave me with a poignant sense of nostalgia and a feeling that things were better back then.

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