Wake Up – I did!
The end of the second year in 'wake up' and the beginning of the third
There have been so many ‘wake up’ moments for me. It is one of the greatest things I’ve ever done, it changed me. It was (and is) exciting. It was great sharing the ‘trip’ with others to become a better person.
It gave me a new outlook on life, myself, and in some way shaped my future. It sharpened some of my senses that had been cruising on auto-pilot for years. It made me feel alive and glad to be alive.
From the small changes (I’m no longer a coffee junkie), to big choices I made (buying this apartment I’m now living in), to rekindling my past (the bond I have with my mum and my auntie has been fortified).
Wake Up gave me the confidence to support my family by giving me the strength and belief to compose a eulogy at my nan’s funeral. It gave the confidence to take up a writing course, which I completed in ample time. Which led me to publishing a small piece on the internet. This was something I would never have had the nerve to do before ‘wake up’. These are small things for some people but for me they were huge.
Most importantly, through the ‘wake up’ challenges I feel I have nothing to prove to myself or others. For the first time in my life I live happily within my own skin. Thank you Wake Up.
The only downside, if I can call it that, was for others who didn’t get out of it half of what I did. It didn’t work for everyone for different reasons. These included timing and expectations.
Timing is the key to life.
For some, Wake Up was a fad and for others they believed it would give them all the answers they craved. But it doesn’t work like that. It gives you the tools to change, the ideas, but at the end of the day it’s down to the individual to break out of auto-pilot. It is the catalyst for a new you.
I live with the changes every day, it’s become part of me. I love it. I’m no longer a slave to auto-pilot. I no longer go day to day getting up at the same time, eating, drinking, and following a daily or weekly script set by myself and the others to live my life by. That’s yesterday’s news.
And now to my biggest challenge; as from the 1st September I’m giving up the internet for a year. I’m doing this to see what life’s like without being a slave to technology.
Who knows where it will lead? I might find I’m just like everyone else; a slave to it, it's a drug and I need it. Or, I might find something lost, a way to go forward with a clearer view of who I am and what I need to get me through the rest of this beautiful life. And this life is beautiful.
No one knows, that’s why it’s a challenge. Wake Up has made me unafraid to take the challenge on. However, I would like to stress I still wouldn’t feel confident doing a duet with Chris singing Don’t Go Breaking My Heart!
Before I go off on my journey, on this year of no internet, I would like to thank Chris once again for giving me the tools to change and to Psychologies magazine for the blogging spot because without my wife reading your magazine I wouldn’t be here in fine fettle, a changed (and still changing) man. Thank you.
I would also like to thank ALL of the people who started the journey. Every one of us who made the trip to London on that January evening full of nervousness of not knowing what was in store for us and where the Great Wake Up journey would take us. And I would like to give a special mention to Fi, my shipmate when at times I thought I was on a ghost galleon. Thanks for your honesty and openness and friendship. We shall speak soon, good buddy.
I know this sounds like a BAFTA speech but ‘wake up’ gave me more than a shiny trophy to put on the mantelpiece, it gave me a new way of looking at things, it truly changed my life for the better and I want to shout it from the rooftops. I would love everyone to have had this same experience.
From the 1st September, for at least twelve months, I close the door behind me on the internet and technology and see what I learn and where the journey takes me; my continuing journey through Wake Up. I’m so excited (and I’m not even one of the Pointer Sisters, ahem).
Bye for now people, take it easy, keep shining and all the best to every one of you. Good luck to you all.