After almost exactly 5 years since I began this blog. 5 years that have seen me make almost 500 posts and reached 101,000 visitors and quarter of a million views, it is almost time for it to go.
It has been quite some journey these past 5 years since I began it in 2011. We have seen changes which I never thought I would see in my lifetime, with much more to come I am sure.
I will be ending this blog on 31st December 2016. Auld Acquaintance will still be here for those that wish to have a read of the many topics I have covered over its lifespan.
Life is full of changes, and change is not something we should be frightened of. Our lives are full of points of transition, and transition is necessary to enable us all to move on.
The one change I would dearly have loved to have seen happen back on the 18th of September 2014 unfortunately didn’t take place, it wasn’t its time then.
The lies and the fearfulness of change had been successfully installed in too many Scots by the Better Together campaign, but with hindsight we can all see the lies now for what they were…Lies.
But no matter how resistant to change people are, particularly some of the older generation which I am close to being included in now, change still happens irregardless.
The days of an Independent Scotland draw ever closer, and no matter how much those that oppose Independence may howl, the day will come. I hope to still be alive to see it happen.
But irrespective of what happens, or when it happens, it is time for me to make my own changes, and leaving Auld Acquaintance as a footprint of my passing is one of those changes.
So come New Year, I will not be here writing this blog.
Please don’t take these comments negatively, I am quite upbeat about my own decision and comfortable with leaving it behind me. The blog has served my purpose, and I have had my say.
There will still be a few pieces to write in it before I shut up shop, so I am not done with it quite yet. I am merely giving advanced notice of my intent.
So what brings me to this juncture at this point? What are my reasons for my decision?
Fairly straightforward really.
As possibly some of you might know I suffered a Stroke in July, and while It wasn’t anywhere near as bad as it might have been, it was enough for me to make some reappraisals in my life, particularly after an arse of a consultant cheerfully informed me after the event that I would be dead in the next 5 years!
Now he may be a prophet of doom or he might not be, particularly as from all the results that came back from brain scans and heart tests, nothing was showing up as being particularly wrong. I do have peripheral arterial disease though, and that is not a good thing, and will require some lifestyle changes if I am to prevent his own project fear from being accurate.
That in itself was not enough to influence my decision over this blog however, but it was in some way party to it.
Due to the effects that my stroke had, and the type of work I was relying on to live, I have not properly worked over these past few months, just doing much lighter voluntary work for 2 days a week, which does not allow me to really survive financially as I am for much longer, so something has got to give.
It means basically that I have to find work which is not so physically demanding, and which will provide me with a reasonable standard of living which will pay my rent and keep a roof over my head, and provide me with reasonable sustenance.
Having the time to write this blog is not a main priority, and most of my concentration will be taken up simply trying to come up with something of some description which I am suited to doing….What that is? I have no idea, but I had best get my skates on!
So my search begins, so change must occur, and hopefully that change will be a positive one, rather than the opposite.
Nearly time for me to go…….But not quite yet!
All the Best