Helping Me Helping You

I’m a fifty-something Chartered Accountant. I’m not sure whether this website is a result of a mid-life crisis (although I’m probably beyond that now) or an impending sense of my own mortality. As John Lennon said,

“Another year over,

And what have you done?”

I’ve always felt that I never achieved all that I should have done, whether that be academically, career-wise or on the sporting field. Despite this I know that I have been extremely lucky; although things could always have gone better, things could also have been a lot, lot worse. I count my blessings daily.

Although I consider myself to be about 2 stone overweight and borderline diabetic, I still have reasonable health; apart from the hair falling out, nothing seems to have gone seriously wrong to date. I have 3 lovely kids and a gorgeous wife. Whilst I don’t consider myself to be financially rich, I don’t lie awake at night worrying, for example, how am I going to pay the rent or put food on the table.

So, what’s this all about?

This all stems from an unease about where I am in my life and, I suppose, guilt.

The happiest times in my life was when I was a student, and when I was travelling. On both occasions, I had very little. This was also very liberating. Now I look around at everything that we ‘need’ for modern life, and I feel weighed down at times.

I’ve also always tried to help others. I’ve been a regular blood donor since the age of 18. I’ve done numerous marathons, bike rides and other events to raise funds for charities.  Likewise, when other friends have done great things for charity I’ve always supported them as well. (I don’t expect sainthood for this by the way. It would be nice to be nominated, but that’s not why I’m doing it.)

Wouldn’t it be great though if there was a way for me to help myself, whilst also helping others?

This is about providing the motivation for me to stop doing those destructive habits that do nothing to enrich me and, in fact, may actually be detrimental. By cutting out those habits, such as snacking on biscuits, drinking too much coffee, or consuming too much sugar, I’d like to pass on the money I would have spent to charity.

In a nutshell, that’s it.

If you can relate to this, then I’d like others to join me by cutting out the junk in your life; essentially it’s helping me, helping you and helping others.