Hello to you!
And welcome to my blog!
My name is Sean White and I’ll be your host during your visit(s) to this website.
I think it’s only fair that before I start posting my ramblings for the entire world-wide web to see, I should properly introduce myself with a little about me.
(Hey, that kinda rhymed!)
I’m 24 years old, born in August, so not far from my quarter century celebrations and I live in a little place called Leeds, in Yorkshire, England. It’s actually been dubbed the fastest growing city in the UK and the second capital of England (the first, of course, being London).
I’ve lived in Leeds my whole life but have had the privilege of traveling to various destinations around the world, yet it’s actually my virtual life in which I’ve gained most of my knowledge of the outside world. I’m by no means an expert on the world, or even the human condition, but I like to think of myself as a studier of life and a reflector on all that is, was, and ever will be.
The reason I’ve started this blog is because I’ve come to learn that in today’s society of ever-shrinking friendship circles in real life, and ever-expanding social circles online, it’s hard to have a real human connection that’s honest, open and intellectual. You used to be able to just pop round to a friend’s house if you needed a chat or call them up on the corded telephone, but nowadays the best you’ll ever get is a Facebook IM conversation using text message speak introduced by the rise of the mobile phone, which, let’s face it, is full of abbreviated gibberish.
My intention is to write down my inner-most thoughts in a virtual diary that’s open for all to see, in the hopes that maybe I’m not the only one thinking these things and can perhaps connect with others thinking likewise.
There’s also never a “right moment” to post what I call a “rant” about your current status on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter; believe me, I’ve tried it, but there’s always been some sort of backlash from people who take offense at the fact that you’re having a bad day. And these people “Friended” me on Facebook? Do they know the word “Friend” is more than just a function on a social network? I thought friends were supposed to offer support? Guess that concept’s lost on today’s generation…
So there’s the social aspect of it, but there’s also just the fact that I want a place to air my grievances in an open forum with no fear of backlash or judgement and no character limit so I have to be succinct and to the point; no, if I’ve got something to say, I usually have a lot to say, so why not say it in a long-winded rambly blog that likely very few people are going to be able to stand to read?
That being said, I’m not suggesting I’ll be posting all negative stuff (that would be absurd!); As I said above, I reflect on life, so that enables me to see the good in things too, which, if it’s really good, I like to talk about too.
And then there’s just the generally weird and wonderful things about life that keep me interested and keep me ticking. I have a thirst for knowledge that can’t be quenched by educational facilities such as college and university – I love to learn about life, our planet, and beyond. I love to ask myself big questions and then push my imagination to its’ limits trying to answer them. I’m sure at some point I’ll post my theory on the existence of a God – it’ll make you think!
(at least, I hope it will… Otherwise I might just come off a little dim!)
So those are my main reasons for starting this blog, and hopefully it’ll make for some very varied posts; some rants about the bad stuff in my own life and our larger society as a whole, some essays about the good stuff in our world, and some just poking curiosity in the eye and trying to think outside the outside of the box. (no, that wasn’t a typo – re-read it.)
The other reason is time. I have a lot of time on my hands day-to-day and I want to put it to use in a better way than sleeping 12 hours a day. Why do I sleep 12 hours a day? Because, quite frankly, I’ve not got a lot on these days, and I get quite tired quite easily…
I haven’t had a job since 2006 when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease after the inside of my body quite violently attacked the outside world during that Summer. Around the same time I was also diagnosed with Scheuermann’s Disease. And well, basically, I’ve been struggling to get back on my feet ever since.
(For those that don’t know what Crohn’s and Scheuermann’s diseases are, I suggest Googling or reading these:
While I agree the description of Crohn’s is a little more embarrassing, “that ain’t the half of my medical issues!” – I’ll write a little more about my health later on…
It’s June 2012 and I’m a few weeks away from launching my own home-based business centred around a new kind of social portal for a specific interest, which I hope is going to bring in enough of an income via advertising sales to give me some semblance of a “normal” life for the first time in 6 years. Yes, that may sound a little cryptic but I’ll reveal more about it when the time is right, and also the reasons behind me being cryptic – this is all due to another phenomenon that’s developed in social life over the last decade or so (not just mine, many people’s lives).
FYI, if you think I’m a bit of a website geek now that I’ve mentioned my social portal plans, think again. I’ve barely scratched the surface of the possibilities of the web and code. All the various languages of the web give me headaches at the best of times and I don’t intend to ever become fluent in them… I’ve just got a great idea and am capitalising on it! I’m really a musician at heart and one day, my ultimate goal is to set-up and run my own recording and rehearsal studios, whilst producing my own albums and a select few artists’ albums in-house, preparing them for release on my own digital label.
Sound like a big dream? I’m halfway there, I just need to raise about £70,000 and then it’s possible!
Some call it “pie in the sky”.
I say there’s no point in dreaming small; if you don’t dream big, there’s no point in dreaming at all!