Looking Back Over 2016

It’s pretty much a given that everyone thinks that 2016 has been a sucky year. It’s been a pain in the arse for a multitude of reasons for a multitude of people. If you had a hero in the world of entertainment, then you dreaded opening up your favourite News Site in fear of finding that they had died. If you are into Politics then you may have been in hog heaven at the constant barrage of either Brexit or the American Election coverage.

It has been a year of polar opposites for everyone. It didn’t really matter what side of any particular fence you sat on, you probably knew that if you opened your mouth and put fingers to keys and posted to the Internet, someone, somewhere would take offence and you would be embroiled in a wicked slanging match over who was right and who was wrong.

Basically, 2016 has been one long Flame War that no side could win.

For me personally, it’s been a year of keeping my head down and praying that all of the crap would soon blow over. I am not sure there has been one week that has passed in the last 52, that didn’t include me feeling somewhat inadequate and not able to convey what I was feeling without falling into some kind of pit of boiling cat turds. I don’t know if this is my inability to socialise in a cordial manner without wanting to take out a figurative baseball bat and go on a rampage through Facebook, or if it really is a case of apathy against the world.

For me personally, it’s been a year of keeping my head down and praying that all of the crap would soon blow over. I am not sure there has been one week that has passed in the last 52, that didn’t include me feeling somewhat inadequate and not able to convey what I was feeling without falling into some kind of pit of boiling cat turds. I don’t know if this is my inability to socialise in a cordial manner without wanting to take out a figurative baseball bat and go on a rampage through Facebook, or if it really is a case of apathy against the world.

I haven’t been at all productive as I had hoped I would. My writing has pretty much been cut off at the knees; well I say cut off… I have been writing, but it has been of such a shit quality and saying absolutely nothing about what is really happening, that it is sat languishing in some folder on my hard drive called, “To Be Finished” – it’s the single largest folder in My Documents!
It would be safe to say that, writing aside, not a great deal of 2016 has gone my way. I have had prolonged Mental Health issues that haven’t made things easy (when do they ever!). I had the problems with ill-fitting Teeth at the start of the year, so it was almost 6 months before I could actually eat properly again after having my Teeth removed last December. I wasn’t prepared for that length of gum mastication, but it built character and I feel that my gums are stronger for it now.

One positive thing that has come out of this year has been my finally becoming involved with Peer Support in my local area. I was promised almost 2 years ago that I would be given the opportunity to get into this field with the backing of a major charity, but after numerous chase up calls and a totally blank wall being offered back, I moved on and just got on with life. In March of this year, I was put in touch with an organisation in my area who were planning on starting a Peer Support programme in my area and I was offered a place on their training course. I jumped at the chance and I am now on one of the lower rungs of being qualified as a Peer Supporter. As you can imagine, things are never quite as rosy and straightforward as it may seem, and whilst I really enjoy the Peer Support I have to say that it has taken a while for me to get to grips with how it’s actually done and not just the utopian view I had in my head before hand. This stuff is quite a bit more complex than I actually imagined. There is pretty much a rule for everything and if there isn’t a rule for it, there are guidelines on how it really should be done.

As it stands at the moment, I help run a Men’s Group every Friday and it’s definitely a positive start for something that will, in the future months, continue to grow and evolve. I am genuinely looking forward to where this is going.

As is plainly obvious in a number of posts there has been this year, things have died here. It really isn’t down to motivation; every day I wake up and have so many ideas for posts, but as I sit and write them out, the words just don’t seem to flow as easily and as naturally as I want them too.

I have said many times before, I don’t plan what I write and it is just a stream of consciousness that comes from my head straight to my fingers. It rarely gets edited (except for typos – that I quite often miss). I have been trying and trying to get some kind of motivation to keep this blog running and give myself purpose in writing it.

The main issue I think is that the blog itself, by the very nature of what it is and is named “paulhurwood.com” just cannot sustain itself purely on things that are based on me. I am just not that interesting enough and I don’t have the charisma to use paulhurwood.com as a blog.

The end of the road has come for this chapter. It is time to move on and try and find what I have been desperately trying to achieve for most of this year.
I want to find my corner of the sky! I want to find my niche and maybe just settle down with a nice cup of coffee and bang out a few hundred words a couple of times a week about something not so narcissistic as me.

So from January 1st, 2017 you will find me blogging over at the thebaldinggeek.uk.

Whilst the new blog will be pretty much all personal opinion, it will also have a set of rigid personal guidelines for me to stick to. I won’t bore you with them, but needless to say, my geek side will be flowing quite heavily.

I really would like to take this opportunity to thank every single reader, every person who took the time to like, share and comment on one of my posts. If you have been following me, boy you guys were hardy to stick it out this long.

This blog will be taken down eventually, as I will be re-launching paulhurwood.com for something else in the future, not quite sure what, but its main focus will NOT be blogging.
I hope that you have had a great 2016 and I hope that 2017 improves for everyone.

Thank you for being here, I hope to see you over there.

Normally I would say… Until Next Time…
This time it’s… Thank You and Goodnight!

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Paul Hurwood
Paul is a frustrated entertainer. From a young age he wanted to be Elvis Presley, but Elvis objected to lending out his Jumpsuits at the weekend. As he grew older he tried to be an Actor, things there didn't go so well either... the spotlights kept missing him.

Now Paul enjoys sitting back and writing about Music, Doctor Who and Mental Health. He has a passion for the blogging platform WordPress and enjoys helping out practically with day to day use of the platform where he can.