Life is Great!
"The only thing I regret about my life is the length of it. If I had to live my life again I'd make the same mistakes – only sooner"
Tallulah Bankhead (1903-68)
Happy New Year to all our readers. My apologies for neglecting you during 2013 but I have new plans for 2014. I will now be working full time as a writer (and photographer) and I want to create in depth stories combining words and pictures.
The aim is to follow interesting people and groups and to get properly inside, positive, stories to balance the constant stream of negativity and the focus on the worst excesses of mankind. My thrust will be to celebrate those people who are living the lifestyle they choose by following their dreams and enthusiasms. My hope is that I will be able to share their hopes, enthusiasms and even their eccentricities with readers; to show the best of humanity.
The aim is to finally let go the remains of a previous stressful career and return to my first love: photography and writing. I will need to make a modest income but money is not the driver; instead it is personal satisfaction and to enjoy a lifestyle that is largely under my own control. It will allow me to pursue whatever I find interesting and hopefully my enthusiasm will make it attractive to readers, and editors. As readers will already have spotted my interests are eclectic and my current ideas will continue in that direction. I want to be able to cover these stories in more depth and over longer periods than is normally possible.
The past is just that and the future cannot be known so 2014 will all about the here and now. It will be about enjoying BEING rather than worrying about DOING what is expected, of myself or by others. A simpler more satisfying way of living; I am going to enjoy myself.
I hope you can make 2014 the year you can follow your passion.
Martin P Wilson
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