Hi everyone and welcome to my first blog post. For those of you who don’t know me, I strongly recommend that you read about the author first. https://wordpress.com/block-editor/page/oneoffthebeatentrack.com/8
The reason being is that I have led a very diverse life and it would be a good idea if you have a brief understanding to start with.
Like I mention in the about the author post it says that I will tell the stories in the way that I would talk to my friends to make it as realistic as possible so check out the glossary as well.https://oneoffthebeatentrack.com/glossary/
If you are not from Liverpool nor served in the military without this it could prove a challenging read.
The reason I’m starting this is that I’ve been to many different places across the world and I have had many different experiences. My experiences have not always been good and I think it’s important to tell my story.
I don’t want this to be just a travel blog as I didn’t set out to live in many different countries its just the way things ended up.
This is the story of what put me on this path and also the extreme highs and the extreme lows which I’ve faced along the way.
It still surprises me that someone with my background managed to get a degree and now is currently an educator of both children and adults.
What I want people to see from my journey is that anything is possible if your willing to put the work in.
Even when nobody believes in you it is important to never listen to the no and most importantly to believe in yourself.
It took me a long time to get to this mindset and I’ve made some horrible mistakes along the way.
I have hit rock bottom multiple times and by the grace of God have managed to pull myself out of the swamp many times.
My story in parts should act as a cautionary tale and you can definitely see in many parts of this tale would be the wrong way to do things.
Luckily I learn from my mistakes and I don’t dwell on the past.
As messed up as some of my stories may be I will always tell them with humor and a lot of time the pain which was inflicted upon me usually by my own mistakes acted as a powerful lesson down the road for me.
One of my biggest regrets was getting mixed up with drink and drugs to the point of it nearly ruining my life. As dark as some of these posts may be I hope people can take something from this and see that its a very slippery slope if left unchecked.
As everyone who parties know it can be the best feeling in the world and personally I’ve had some of the best nights of my life partying.
My story will show all this and the lead up to my downfall and how literally everything became so unmanageable.
My story is far from over after this as I am one of the lucky ones who managed to get himself better and rebuild everything from scratch.
It obviously isn’t easy but it’s possible if your willing to do the work.
My blog is not going to be an anti-drug blog this is purely my own experience and believe me, it wasn’t all horrible. If you are telling someone on a yacht with full crew hanging out with a lot of beautiful women doing coke that he needs to stop taking drugs believe me they are not going to listen and yes this actually happened.
Many people know from personal experience that drugs will take you away from these beautiful settings and people to much darker places.
Moving away from drugs will also tell of my many experiences while serving in the military.
Some of the funniest people I have ever met are soldiers and I will also speak in detail about my experiences in Iraq which I worked for three years after I left the army working for a PMC.
I will talk in detail about the chain of events that led me to go to university as a very mature student. Also feeling like Herbert from Family Guy in both college and university.
I was lucky enough to meet an interesting range of people from the university and I will share some of the techniques I used to help me keep up with everyone being half my age in both the classroom and when out drinking.
A big part of my life which I’ve left and gone back to many times is working in nightclubs as security. I have had some of the funniest craziest nights doing this job. However, I’ve had some horrible nights as well and unfortunately, you are in contact with some of the dregs of society.
Unless I saw some of these things I witnessed first hand then I honestly would not have believed them.
It’s unbelievable how much the industry has changed for the worst and it was these changes and the toxic environment which made me want to change my reality.
After I got my degree I had many difficulties which led me on my current path.
Firstly from not being able to find a job to then finding the job from hell which was packaged up nicely as a dream graduate job. Many times in my life I have learned the hard way that all that glitters is not gold.
This led me to plan an exit strategy from the Uk and so far has landed me in Thailand, China, and currently at the time of writing this Vietnam.
Some of the people I’ve met and some of the situations I have been in are mind-blowing for both good and bad reasons which I will cover in detail as well.
Hopefully, this blog will have something for everyone and you can all relate it in some way.
I hope it to be motivational, uplifting, funny, unbelievable, and most of all entertaining.
There will be many times that I will change the names of the people in the stories as they would not appreciate this getting and in some cases, they will most likely be single again.
I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I have. Keep getting after it and remember this is your life and its ending one minute at a time. You have one life so live it.