Posts tagged The Things I Learn
Street Photography - Take a New Look at the World, and Yourself

This post looks into just some of the lessons that street photography inevitably teaches you whilst you're out on the street. Lessons that could ultimately benefit other areas of your life. Whatever your definition of street and whatever your definition of a good street picture might be, the way it affects and impacts those that choose to shoot it is universal. And so we should celebrate the lessons that this art form gives us over and over again. Read on for those that I have picked up on, and see if any resonate.

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The Year's End - a Reflection

I'm not really one for grand resolutions for the New Year but, if anything, this day is the perfect excuse to look back on these last twelve months in their entirety. And, in general, it's always useful to take stock sometimes and ask ourselves how we are getting on, what's going right in our lives and what needs working on.

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Lessons from the court ('The Things I Learn' Series)

I recently returned to the racket sport of squash after roughly a year out.  There’s a hell of a lot to it, which is it’s main appeal to me; fitness, technique, decision making and the reading of your opponent amongst others.  All of these facets, though, take place in a little box of a court and at high speeds, so it can be somewhat challenging and often stressful.  After a few games back, I've come to realise that so many of the pointers I take from a squash match can easily be transposed into various arenas of my life and vice versa.  Here are a few of the things I took away from a recent game and their importance off the court too:

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Vancouver - LA in a Ford Focus ('The Things I Learn' series)

This time last year I was spending a few days exploring Vancouver, before meeting up with a friend to start our road-trip south on the Pacific Coast Highway headed for Los Angeles.  I’ve been thinking about that time a lot recently.  I could have started writing something on that trip as soon as the plane touched down on that grey London morning, but a year’s worth of hindsight is a useful thing.  I’ve had a year to digest that experience and those memories.  A year to think about the lessons I learnt and the ways in which that journey shaped me as only travel and new experiences often can.  Here’s what came out of 2000 miles and near on 2000 cups of coffee…

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My Friend, the Podcast

It would not be overdramatic for me to claim that podcasts have massively shaped and altered the course of my life.  I have a vague memory of my first; I was aboard a train destined for London Waterloo, hurtling through the Hampshire countryside with the colours of autumn beginning to appear outside.  I was restless, down, anxious and just wanted something in my headphones to distract me from these feelings.

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Be a Lighthouse

Yes, you did indeed read that right, a lighthouse; see, it's come to my attention recently that I've become a little self indulgent at times, me me me.  I wonder if this trait reflects broader society as a whole, too, perhaps augmented by our personal technology gadgets which keep us insular and selfish with our time.  Things have been on full tilt auto-pilot recently with a lot going on at work/home, but after a recent meditation session I realised that I was simply not giving enough.  Not giving enough attention to people, not giving enough time to my friends/family, not pro-actively seeking out how I might be able to help those I know and those around me.

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