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I’m just a guy

Hello there. Yes, I’m just a guy.

I’m 23, I live in the UK, I have a degree, a postgrad, and a job in the media.

For a long time, it was all I wanted to do. But now problems in the world seem to be getting bigger and the impact my life – as it is now – on those problems is getting smaller.

So it just struck me, about a week ago, that I want to use my years to make a difference, but as soon as I thought about it, a long track of hurdles appeared before me. What do I do? How do I do it?  What the hell do I have to offer?

I realised that to do anything I’m going to have to grow some balls and ditch my apathy.  But that in itself is a huge step, especially in the modern western world.

So that’s why I’ve decided to keep this blog. I’ll share my ideas and experiences as I try to break the shackles of my own apathy and go out into the world and do something decent with my life. Maybe someone will rock up with a brilliant idea. I might even inspire someone…

I’m 23, and it seems like the right time to do it, before the commitments of modern life take their hold….

I’ve done lots of reading over the last week, trying to get a hook on where to start. One of the most inspiring things I’ve found is a quote from Mark Twain, on Escape Club, a site to help people ditch their dead end jobs:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade wind in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


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