Life Lessons

Reflections of An Athletic Career 9 Months On

I recently immersed myself back into swimming. After seven months out of the water, I finally decided it was time to familiarise myself with it again. It was not easy, neither were the emotions I felt swimming again. My first thought was a feeling of bliss. It quickly followed by the realisation that my strength… Continue reading Reflections of An Athletic Career 9 Months On

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Life Lessons

The Dream Disillusion – Is the Outcome the ‘Do or Die’ of your Dream?

I haven’t written for a while - and that’s not deliberate. I haven’t had anything worth saying of late. Often the stresses of London cause me to find a distraction to the misery I feel sometimes. I convince myself I’m too busy for internal thought or I deserve an extra pint down at the pub… Continue reading The Dream Disillusion – Is the Outcome the ‘Do or Die’ of your Dream?

Social And Environmental Impact

The Growth of the Impact Investment Market and Why Should We Care?

Mention ‘Investment Market,’ to the average person, and they will either squirm with uncertainty and lack of knowledge, or react angrily.  That anger is usually directed at the big investment banks who they believe caused the market crash of 2008 through a vast act of greed, and the corporate fines they continue to incur. What… Continue reading The Growth of the Impact Investment Market and Why Should We Care?

Arts and Culture, politics

The Lesson of the Dove and the Serpent

The world is changing before our eyes. It is hard not to be bogged down with the constant drowning negative flow of news, to the devastation of global atrocities, to the natural disasters claimed to be caused by an environment that we are destroying, to the rising of nationalism in politics, to the seemingly unattainable… Continue reading The Lesson of the Dove and the Serpent

Life Lessons

What Is Your Escape Mechanism?

Open your eyes. I have had my eyes tightly shut for too long. Swimming was my passion, but also a great distraction to hide myself from myself. It was my form of escapism. But what happens when what you escape to forms your new reality, when it becomes your one and only world? You become lost. Through the years I… Continue reading What Is Your Escape Mechanism?

Arts and Culture

How To Quickly Evaluate Emerging News?

I’ve started reading a fascinating new book – The News by Alain De Botton – that I picked up recently. The book explores the question of ‘Why we keep checking the News?’  After the New Year, I made a conscious effort to keep up with the news each week – a news year resolution if you will.… Continue reading How To Quickly Evaluate Emerging News?

Arts and Culture

What Happened To Creativity In Hollywood?

There has recently been a huge influx of mind-numbing movies circulating on our cinema screens. From the endless, exhaustive stream of superhero movies to the ‘trying too hard to be funny’ comedy films to the Hollywood ‘too good to be true’ glorified endings. Artistic approaches to story telling have been thrown out of the window,… Continue reading What Happened To Creativity In Hollywood?

politics

Top Trump Cards

As we all know, Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President on Friday the 20th of January 2017. His speech again resonated with the way he ran his campaign. His campaign painted him to be the man of the people. He was the man to end corruption in the establishment. Through his rhetoric (most likely… Continue reading Top Trump Cards

politics

Order through Chaos

Fear - the mover and shaker of civilisations, affecting all, including the most powerful of people. Maybe we forget how much it shapes our leaders today - fear of the loss of power (wealth), fear of national security, but most importantly fear of falling behind where we are today. Take Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In… Continue reading Order through Chaos

Life Lessons

The Ending and Aftershocks of an Athletic Career

There come moments in your life, where a stop sign suddenly appears in front of you. It's a clear stop sign and you're at a crossroads. At this particular point I turned the ignition to stop the once, roaring engine. A roaring engine that won me my first national title in the summer of 2016… Continue reading The Ending and Aftershocks of an Athletic Career