Hair

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Decided to go to my hairdresser this morning, on a whim, to get a shorter restyle.  No appointments so just drop by, queue and wait your turn.  I arrived there 15 minutes before they open so I could be first in.

He started cutting my hair, two others arrived after me and took a seat in the waiting area.  Then, this big, loud guy comes in, sits in the cutting chair next to me and interrupts the conversation I’m having with Steve, the hairdresser.  I understand immediately that he is loud because he is insecure but he still annoyed me.

Then Steve and I both realise that last time I was there, this same guy came in and sat in the same place and did the same thing … Steve was amazed.  I had the chance to explain to him that was just another example of the magical ‘synchronicity’ that happens in my life.  The universe’s way of showing me that I am exactly where I should be in my life journey.  LOVE IT!

 

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INSPIRED: First Blog Post

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They say it takes a village to raise a child … well; it seems it takes a team to raise this author!

To get me to this point, on this day, it has taken the input of many people.  Most recently they include my writing colleague and dear friend Vicki Williams; my spiritual “angels on Earth” Jo, Anisa, Elicia and Ross; and my partner David.  There is now a new person added to this list; accidental bestselling author, personal trainer and ex-footballer ANDREW JOBLING.

On a recent day away in the beautiful town of Daylesford in the Victorian highlands, while waiting for my friend Vicki to have her crystal ball reading with Elicia at The Empress & Wolf, I wandered into an amazing bookshop.  Paradise Bookshop is one of those magical places that is, like the TARDIS, bigger on the inside than it seems from the outside.  It’s a heaven filled with the written word; everything from rare first-edition copies of classics to the very latest releases.

As is usually the case these days, I wandered in and was led fairly quickly by my ‘people’ to the reason for my visit; a section at the side featuring a few displayed books on “How to be a successful Writer”.  I looked at a few of them but felt strongly compelled to buy Accidental Author by Andrew Jobling.  The cover was simple, fresh and classy.  Page count was under 200 and the font size medium.  The description on the front was compelling: “If an ex-footballer, non-reader, personal trainer and non-academic with no experience or qualifications can write bestselling books then you can too!”; it also reminded me of my own personal trainer. However, the real clincher was the final part of the description: “You will be ready to write your own bestseller before you finish reading this book.”  SOLD!

Being a foreigner (not originally from Victoria) and not interested in AFL, I had no idea who he was but just ‘went with the flow’.  I wandered though the shop a little more then decided to head to the counter.  I purchased the book, complemented the elderly gentleman at the counter on his magical bookshop, and then dropped it off on the back seat of my car before continuing my window shopping.

The next day, at home, I started to read Accidental Author and found it very compelling.  Well written but most impressively honest, funny and highly motivating.  My ‘people’ had “hit a home run” again.  (Oh, a sports analogy … that’s ironic coming from me!).

The one thing that blew me away more than any other was when Andrew shared the simple statistic on page 57:

“Just to put this into perspective for you, I would say that there are many people in the world who would like to write a book.  Out of these people, probably no more than one or two percent of them will actually start the process.  Out of these people who decide to become an author, only three to five percent of them will end up with a published book!”

Suddenly, the light went on in my head.

So, out of 10,000 people who want to write, only 100 actually start and only 4 become published authors.   Then I realised… I already AM a published author…  because my story was published in the book BOLD in 2015 … so that makes me one of those 4 out of 10,000!  WOW!

So, when combining that revelation with the discussion about Blog’s we had at our WYNDHAM WRITING GROUP last Sunday, the explosion of inspiration resulted in this … my new BLOG… MICHAEL YOUNG: The Author’s Journey.

My immeasurable thanks to all who helped me get here,

Love and Light to you all,

Michael.

16Aug2017

P.S.  Stay tuned right here at my Blog for upcoming post about the people and events mentioned above…  🙂 

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Accidental Author by Andrew Jobling.   www.andrewjobling.com.au
ISBN:  9780994183811 from www.classic-jojo.com
https://www.facebook.com/JoJo-Publishing-54979416708

 

BOLD: Stories of Older LGBTI People edited by David Hardy.
ISBN:  9780992584504 from www.ragandboneman.org

 

Paradise Books:   www.paradisebooks.com.au
The Empress & Wolf:   http://www.theempressandwolf.com
Vicki Williams Author:   www.vickiwilliamsauthor.com.au

 

 

World Be Gone

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This was written a few days after the major drama I had at my former work which eventually led me to resign eight weeks later. When I saw this image I said: “That is EXACTLY how I feel” and I wrote this piece within half an hour! Stay tuned for more about that explosive time in my upcoming posts…

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Number Plate

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Returned to my car at the shopping centre to find another parked in front of me with the VERY NEXT number plate after mine!


This is a very clear indicator that I am in exactly the right place in my life right now.  So encouraging, empowering and liberating!   A very obvious sign from the Universe that I am in sync with my divine life plan.  MAGIC!

Mirror, Mirror

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So many life times missing the same goal

So many life lines taking the same toll

When all the world is falling around you

Heart over head and your instinct drives you

To play the Martyr

 

How many times have you struggled through this

How many signs have you managed to miss

What is this pain you still choose to live through

Time and again this choice comes back for you

To play the Martyr

 

Change is so hard when you’re living a lie

It breaks your heart but you can’t hear its cry

It’s safer to stay in that which you know

You think you’re destined wherever you go

To play the Martyr

 

What is the reason you keep this so near

Is it just weakness or is it your fear

When will you learn, will you see what you’ve got

There’s nothing to lose if you decide not

To play the Martyr

 

Now we are back here, same lesson to learn

Now is my time and now it’s my turn

To walk away to be all I could be

To realise that no-one else needs me

To play the Martyr

 

The struggle feels so real here within me

The stress so high, anxiety shakes me

I must say “no” so I make this all end

Stand up, walk out and choose never again

To play the Martyr.

 

 

 

©MICHAEL YOUNG 2017