Don’t ever give up on yourself

Yes, it’s easy to say never give up on yourself, but it’s also so true. I’m a prime example of that. And yet I’ll also admit it was very difficult to overcome my obsession with self pity and my capacity to shut others out of my life. We all want to lead normal, functioning social lives. Our ability to mix with the outside world in … Continue reading Don’t ever give up on yourself

Why I need a hug and can’t get enough

Have you got a hug today? I have. Someone, somewhere has probably written a thesis on hugs, but I haven’t looked it up. Instead here’s my take on what it’s like to give and receive them. I absolutely love hugs. Yeah, that coming-closer-together moment when you reach out to someone and then meet for a nanosecond is so special. And the reason is quite simple: … Continue reading Why I need a hug and can’t get enough

Tom the Traveller: A fleeting trip to Listowel

It’s the home town of playwright and writer John B. Keane. but apart from driving through Listowel many years ago without stopping I have rarely been up that direction. Until yesterday. A neighbour’s mother died and we decided to pay our respects at the removal. A two-hour car journey didn’t seem too bad, taking in Killarney and Tralee, so off we set on a fairly … Continue reading Tom the Traveller: A fleeting trip to Listowel

Too scared to dance, too shy to ask

Another night at Highfield, another dance with my friends. I didn’t want to go, to step outside my comfort zone again and risk rejection and humiliation, but there seemed no way to say no, so I’m stuck here in a roomful of teenagers feeling miserable, sorry for myself and alone. No alcohol for sale here, just minerals. So I’m sipping a Fanta looking around with … Continue reading Too scared to dance, too shy to ask