The Meaning of Life

Hello you lovely bunch!

Some of you may have had exam results this week or known someone who has. If you got the desired results, great! Well done!

But I want to talk to those who didn’t get what they were hoping for. Those of you who maybe feel like you’ve been sucker punched in the stomach. 

Have you ever seen the film ‘Chicago’? There’s a scene in that where a woman named Roxie is about to go on trial for murder. Up until that point she had been confident, even cocky that she wouldn’t be hanged as they had never hung a woman yet. However, things change when suddenly they hang a woman. She isn’t cocky now, she’s scared. She admits this to her lawyer, Billy Flynn. Billy turns around and says ‘Don’t be. I’ve been around a long time and believe me you’ve got nothing to worry about. It’s all a circus. A three ring circus. These trials, the whole world…it’s all a show business.’

Now I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t be worried about committing murder as you’ll get away with it, but I am saying don’t worry so much about your exam results, or anything that doesn’t go quite as planned. There is quite a bit of truth in what Billy Flynn says. Exams, the 5 day work week, it’s all man made. It has no inherent meaning. At the beginning of time, cave men got by without worrying about GCSE’s or A-levels.

There are so many options open to us these days. We don’t all have to fit down the academic path. It’s not for everybody. True, a basic grasp of maths and English would stand you in good stead, but not knowing how to do 3-d trigonometry or quadratic equations will not mean you will never earn good money or go travelling or have the family you always dreamed of. 

Read half the biographiesImage of successful people today and they either didn’t do well at school, dropped out or floated about for a while before they found their niche. 

Put your own meaning on what you do, don’t be force fed the meaning of others. I remember when I was doing my A-levels, I saw on the news a girl jumped off a bridge to her death to avoid her exams. I wish I could have spoken to her and said ‘Look, there is a whole world out there beyond exams and education. Exam time is just a single stroke of the paint brush in the picture of your life. See the bigger picture! Know there is life outside, above and beyond what you’re going through right now!’ 

Don’t let your friends, family, government, society or boss tell you the meaning of something. If it’s important to you pursue it. If it’s not, then don’t. Some of my loved ones don’t have a single qualification to their name, but they have lived long and happy lives. I did the whole education thing and I used to work alongside a girl who didn’t even bother sitting her exams. We did the same job for the same pay and she was actually better at it than me. 

Think outside the box. The meaning of your life is whatever you choose it to be. It doesn’t matter what it is. Just live it to the best of your ability.

Till next time

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Motivational Tip – Mix with interesting people!

Hello!

Another Monday morning has shown up. However today I don’t feel so bad. I had the pleasure of going to visit some of my wife’s family at the weekend. Not only did I eat like royalty the whole time I was there, I came away feeling so motivated because they were such interesting people. Every inch of their house oozed personality and memories. There were books in nearly every room of the house (my wife’s cousin is a famous author) and were on every subject under the sun. Photos covered the walls of family, friends and pets. They had so many interesting stories of places they’d been to, people they’d met and things they’d done that I was green with envy! 

It inspired me to get out there and live more fully. Twenty years from now I want to have interesting stories to tell, memories that make me laugh till I cry, a house stuffed full of goods from my travels and photos everywhere. 

So as a motivational tip for this week, seek out those people that always have a story to tell. They have really lived and it’s great for their thirst for life to rub off on you!

Till next time

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Getting to know you

Dear Followers,

You obviously know a bit about me now and what I’m about (positivity, motivation, making people happy). I would love if I could get to know more about YOU.

So, if you’re happy to do so, please answer the following questions in the comments box. It’s just a bit of fun and a way for me to get to know you.

1) When was the last time you felt over the moon, and why?

2) What never fails to make you laugh?

3) Who is your hero and why?

4) Have you discovered your life’s purpose? If so, what is it?

5) What do you find inspires or motivates you the most?

6) What makes you happy?

7) What are your favourite qualities in a person?

8) Do you get cranky when you’re hungry?

9) What is your favourite T.V show, book or film?

10) What’s your favourite thing about the internet?

I look forward to all your responses, please take the time to answer. I genuinely want to get to know my followers so I can write better for you and prepare a decent giveaway for when I hit my next ‘follower’ target.

Till next time

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Knighting people – Bouquet of 3

Dear All,

I’m delighted to have been nominated for my first award, the ‘Bouquet of 3’ by the incredibly encouraging Lydia at My Feather Quill. She has been a great support to me since I started my blog a few months ago. Her blog is varied, down to earth and great to read. Her writing is superb and she does fantastic reviews.

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The rules are as follows:

1. As the recipient of the award you have to share 7 things about yourself with the blogosphere.

2. Link back to the post of the person who nominated you (in this case it will be me).

3. Copy and Paste the Award logos into your new post.

2. To pass on the award you then nominate 15 bloggers (This bit is sort of like knighting someone)

3. You should let all the lovely bloggers know that they have been nominated so they can claim their virtual reward.

Here are the 7 things about me:

1) Sometimes I laugh so hard for so long, that my body goes into some sort of strange convulsion where I then can’t stop laughing or crying. The first time it happened I scared myself. Now I just enjoy it.

2) I would love nothing better than to positively change million’s of people’s lives.  I feel like my heart is breaking when I hear sad things happening to people and want to make it all better for them.

3) I tend to be a bit distrustful at first. This may date back to when I was a child and my older brother tricked me into picking up dog poo. We don’t talk anymore.

4) I believe life is an adventure to be lived to the full.

5) I will tell anyone who listens that when I happened to (briefly) meet Pink (who I love), I was the first one to let go when we shook hands. My friends who know me find this hard to believe. I think they thought I would jump on her back and cling to her like a barnacle.

6) My two favourite (non celebrity) people are my dad and my wife. Both are hilarious, crazy, wise and gentle people who I could sit at the feet of and listen to for hours.

7) I am a 67 year old in the body of a 27 year old. I’m regularly told I have an old head on young shoulders.

So, to carry on this knighting people award, below are the blogs that I enjoy reading. I have only been blogging a few months but here are the ones that I have enjoyed so far!

1 Step 1000 Miles

Tips For Living Your Best Life

Andrews Daily Change

Jessica Catherine Creates

Life by Therese

101 Things Before You Die

Awesome AJ

I Am Mandi Miranda

Kirsty Champion

Mirror Motivation Media

Health Results Wealth

Intricately Twisted

Caffeine’s Not A Crime

Project Light To Life

Jump For Joy Photo Project

Till next time

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