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A quote from a true sporting legend

Don’t count the days. Make the days count

Muhammed Ali

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned through the past 2 years or so, it’s that your time on earth is precious, and you can’t afford to waste it on those who don’t love you, or doing things you don’t love.  There is no time for gossip, for superficial relationships and conversations.

You never know when you’re going to breathe your last, so make every breath a precious one. Make every word you say a kind one. Make every friendship you have a meaningful one.

Readers outside of the U.K. may not be aware, but last weekend there was a huge bike race starting and ending in London, with about 29000 riders, many of whom were cycling 100 miles for charity.  Unfortunately, one of their number had a heart attack and passed away during the event.  He was a cancer survivor: other members of his family were not so lucky.  His legacy has been that his Justgiving page has been inundated and he’s now raised over £63000.  It’s fantastic for the charity he was riding for (Cancer Research UK), but my thoughts are with his family: it’s impossible to guess how they must be feeling other than devastation.  As it happens, he drank in my local pub, got on the train too, but I’m not sure I remember meeting him.  What I will remember is that he passed away doing something to help a cause he believed in.  He was making the days count.

I look back on the last tumultuous couple of years, and it feels like I’ve been trying to make the days count.  I was desperately unhappy, so I did a number of things to bring happiness back in to my life.  I’ve reinvented my life, if not parts of who I am, and feel freer and better for it.  I’ve tried to let go of all the petty considerations, the late night drinking sessions, the idle chit-chat.  And it feels great.  As Ray Charles said:

Live every day as though it’s your last, because one day you’ll be right


Is it me or has it been a dry month? Image #31

So, January 31st is here and my quest to be a DryAthlete has been fulfilled 🙂


I’ve not had so much as a sip or sniff of alcohol since last year! I’m very proud of myself, as this is probably my longest dry spell in more than 30 years. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it might be, but then I guess that as I’d substantially cut back through 2015 maybe the challenge wasn’t quite so tough?

Chatting about it with Dee, my partner, we both agreed that it would be much more difficult for me to give up caffeine for a month, so maybe I’ll do that next year. Maybe not though – I can’t imagine a day without coffee let alone 31 of them!

Thanks to all those who have supported and sponsored me. I think it’ll be a few days yet before I have the first drink of 2016. I want to make it a drink and an event to be savoured!

Dryathlon – the half way point – Image #16

So, just over half way through a dry January, and things are going well I think.  It’s not proving particularly difficult, and I’m really pleased with myself.

If you’ve missed it, I’m fundraising for Cancer Research UK by not having alcohol for the month.  You can read about it – and sponsor me if you so wish (how subtle was that?) – here.

Here’s my latest progress, from the Change4Life app.  Happy Saturday everyone!



I’m a Dry Athlete!

Happy New Year to all my readers! It’s January 1st and most of us are making resolutions. One of mine is to do more to help others, so I thought I’d ask for your support in a bit of fundraising!

I’m taking part in a Dryathlon for Cancer Research. The task sounds easy – no alcohol for all of January – and I’m pretty sure I can do it. I know there’s never much spare change available after the festive season, but if you can spare just a little bit you’ll be helping support a very worthy charity. Just head over to this site and follow the prompts.

Many thanks in advance, and enjoy the rest of the holidays!