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One Year On #3

It’s that time of year again. For recent arrivals, and as a reminder for my regulars, this is a project I started a couple of year ago. Basically, every year around mid July, I write a letter to myself to be read the following year. At the same time, I read the letter I wrote myself last year and compile a response. If you feel the need to read previous entries, they are here:

Year one of the project
Year two of the project

Greetings 2013 from 2014!

Against perhaps your expectations, you are still doing the self-employed thing and making a moderate success of it. Granted, I am not yet earning a living wage but the situation is improving all the time – I have no complaints in that respect. Other creative works are stop-starting but one particular project is bearing fruit. It’s all ticking along rather nicely! I knew you were worried about whether you’d still be doing this a year later, but the situation is looking good for now and certainly improving.

I’m still running and going from strength to strength. You have tentatively planned your first 10K for November 2013. Here, in July 2014, you have now finished three of that length and in May set an impressive personal best. You did run the Spartan race at the beginning of the year and couldn’t walk properly for a week! There is an impressive scar on your left arm that will probably never fade but they say women like scars! Wouldn’t change it for the world though 🙂

Talking of women, things on the love life front are just great. You’ve  been on a break after Mischief got flaky, but about a month from now, you are going to send a message to a woman who lives a liiiiiiiiittle farther away than those you tend to approach. Still, you’ll take a punt because from her pictures and her profile she is definitely your type. Because of the distance, it’ll be several months before you meet and you’ll turn into a hopeless flirt when you do meet. To date, things are going really well and we have just returned from our first holiday together. For a few months there will be somebody else you are interested in but you’ll quickly run out of patience there – flakiness again. Once bitten, twice shy as they say.

I’ve not spoken to ubergeek since about October now. You will text her at Christmas and she will not respond. Though you will feel sad about that, it’s best not to read too much into it. If she wants to stay in touch she will; besides which you will have another distraction shortly afterwards anyway so she’ll be at the back of your mind for quite some time to come.

Back to patience, yours will also run out where Miss X is concerned. It should come as no great surprise that she has gone silent now she is no longer single, is always too busy and as her apparent “best friend” she doesn’t feel the need to tell you that she’s getting married. Don’t be afraid to cut her off, I doubt she will notice – and maybe not even care. Remember those who stuck by you when the chips were down and remember those who turned their back when you needed them the most.

On a positive note, I am feeling as happy and relaxed as I have ever been.

Next year then!



I go by the name of Frank Speaking. My blog "In the Mind of Men" (former name Chin Up, Chest High) started out as a chronicle of my mental health recovery. Now it is a forum where I discuss issues related to male mental health.

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