War on Fireworks

My family and I used to watch the local firework display from afar. It was an adventure, wrapping up in big coats, and seeing the glowing bonfire and the sky light up. I liked the quiet fizzy ones, but more often I had to wince and shield my ears.

I understand lots of people enjoy fireworks, but environmentally speaking, there must be better forms of entertainment.

The noise alone is horrible. A scroll through Continue reading

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Being Andrea Bocelli

I had several dreams the other night. One stayed with me.

I walk into a huge hall. It is empty, but your voice fills the room. I can’t believe it – first I meet Aiden Turner and now you! You don’t see me, of course. You never will.

‘Mum,’ I say. ‘Look!’

Andrea Bocelli.

Mum follows me in. Her face falls into a frown, and she Continue reading

Unexpected Homecoming

I arrived back in North Wales last night. The decision was only made on Sunday, so it’s all been a bit of a whirlwind. I will be here for a few weeks.

As I stepped through the door, I thought everything seemed different at home. I couldn’t work out why. Had things been moved around? No, I don’t think so. I was just looking at everything in a new light, more objectively. I’ve got used to things in the other house.

I walked into the Continue reading

It’s the Little Things

I had this message from a Crossfit friend, who I’ve never spoken to apart from at the gym:

‘Hi Hannah! Just a quick note to wish you all the best in your new home (and adventure!). Been meaning to message for a while – miss seeing you at Crossfit. I’ve been randomly reading your blogs. I’ve had a good read tonight, brought me joy after quite a mad day – you’re very talented. I liked the train journey one, haha. Ffion x’

Thank you, Ffion. It’s lovely that my blog brought you joy and just as lovely that you told me. It totally Continue reading

Lack of Eye Contact

Room 101 Series: Day 3/7

I have great empathy with people who don’t make eye contact. It can be hard for many reasons, such as tiredness, illness, shyness, lack of confidence, and full-blown social anxiety. I had a bad moment of anxiety the other day – my brother pointed out afterwards that I wasn’t looking someone in the eye during the conversation. So, I get it.

However, some people are routinely choosy with their eye contact, making you feel as if you’ve failed some great test. It happens a fair amount in cliques, showing you that you’re simply not cool enough to be acknowledged by them. Perhaps they would have to say ‘hello’ back if they condescended to catching your eye – we can’t be having that now, can we?

There are times you’re having a Continue reading