This month’s musings again see me making reference to Donald. Not “The Donald” this time, but a different one. Instead, it is that renowned philosopher and thinker - Donald Rumsfeld - to whom I refer. For those unfamiliar with his work, he was the US Secretary of Defence during the Iraq War who introduced the … Continue reading Chapter 15: Staying curious … and continuing to adapt
When I came around from an induced coma roughly 4 years ago, one of the first things that I remember becoming aware of was that Donald Trump had been declared the new POTUS. With hindsight, that should have been a clue for me that I was now residing in an entirely different dimension to the … Continue reading Chapter 14: A new beginning?
It took around a week to re-acclimatise to normal daily life after returning from holiday. I had already pressed the panic button at least once - pleading with my wife to allow me to get the cleaner in twice a week because I couldn’t keep up with the vacuuming - and was on the cusp … Continue reading Chapter 13: Letting go … and allowing myself to belong
Riding less often has been challenging. Like trying to wean yourself off a highly addictive drug, perhaps? You know you really should try not to take it so much, but the feeling that you get from it is like nothing else. I find this drug particularly addictive as it is the only thing that enables … Continue reading Chapter 12: Doing > Being > Becoming > Belonging
Since being formally introduced to the bear known as “hemiparesis” in Chapter 7, I have been making an effort to get to know him better. Four months on, I certainly feel like I understand much more about him - though I would still rather we had never met. As of the end of June, I … Continue reading Chapter 11: The Goldilocks Principle
So, off the back of the findings from my previous post - not to try so hard to find a solution to my challenges - what do you think I have been doing over this last period? That’s right - pushing on, trying to find a better answer. Predictable, if nothing else. Buoyed up by … Continue reading Chapter 10: Embracing the bear (but not too often)
You may recall that back in Chapter 6, I set myself the goal to be more instinctive - both in the activities that I seek out, as well as how I do them - in the hope that it would help me to find a way of living that is not quite so exhausting, cognitively … Continue reading Chapter 9: The conductor (bear?) and the orchestra
With a significant proportion of the world’s population currently in some kind of “lockdown”, many people are experiencing new and unwelcome challenges - from the denial of their usual freedoms through to loss of income, illness - and of course, ultimately for some - loss of life. As we have all struggled to adapt to … Continue reading Chapter 8: The tortoise and the bear
Over the last 18 months or so, my physical condition has deteriorated. Walking has become increasingly difficult – when my brain is tired, my legs feel like they belong to someone else and I have difficulty controlling them. When my brain is particularly fatigued, my legs feel like they are “full up” with fluid, with … Continue reading Chapter 7: A different kind of bear?
There are so many people who have helped me over the last 3 years and deserve my thanks. Unfortunately, I have forgotten most of their names! Only kidding - but I do know that if I try to name them, I will miss some out, so best that I leave it there. They know who … Continue reading Acknowledgments