Well, after a little hiatus I am finally back doing what I enjoy, talking with you all.
My absence was unplanned and I am keen to get back to our mission. I have spent the past few months undergoing a career change, unfortunately due to the nature of the job I chose I was unable to carry on.
I am now back to a little part-time job while I search for another job that I can do full time.
As many of you will know, suffering from arthritis can severely effect and limit the type of work you can do. I will continue my search and that forms the basis of this next chapter in the toolkit.
K is for Keep calm and carry on
This one is a very quintessential British saying.
A number of years ago this phrase exploded in to shops and was seen on place mats, rugs, canvas pictures, pens, lamps, you name it the phrase was on it.
I remember buying a tea bag holder with it on when I used to work in a retail store before my accident.
Whenever I needed cash for the bus home I would have to buy something in order to get cashback, so of course I looked for the cheapest items.
I used to come home and tell my wife, then girlfriend, that I had bought her a present.
In the years I worked there she received the tea bag holder, 3 flannels bought on 3 seperate occasions, 2 fridge magnets bought on 2 seperate occasions, a napkin, a candle and a voile.
And they say romance is dead, I am sure you can imagine the scene…
Candlelit dinner with the candle I bought, bit of soft music in the background maybe AC/DC or Motorhead, her with the napkin I bought draped over her knees as I present 2 fridge magnets and a flannel, special memories.
Anyway that’s enough of my tips on how to keep consistently disappointing your partner.
When coming to the realisation that I wasn’t going to be able to continue in the career I had embarked on, naturally I was upset, disheartened and angry.
I had big expectations of what I would be able to get out of the job financially and was excited as I thought it would be a job I could perform full time.
Reality had hit me with a cold hard slap to the face, it’s slapped me before and I have no doubt it will do again.
Such is life.
It’s the only real option I have, keep going, keep moving forward, keep calm and carry on.
I may get beaten down but I refuse to stay down or be kept down.
I have regrouped and I am now looking in a new direction for my next job, I am feeling positive again and I am determined to succeed.
Of course this mindset may have been much harder to switch to if I didn’t have my wife by my side supporting me. It’s nice, not just for people suffering chronic illness but for everyone, to have someone by their side.
Someone who you know will always be on your side and will always have your back, that is a special feeling.
I hope that you all are experiencing or will experience that feeling. Whether you bond over a mutual love of animals, the theatre or even tea bag holders, flannels and fridge magnets.
Be sure to comment below or like and share, let me know how you are all getting on.
Speak soon, Andy.