It’s the journey that counts!

I’ve been retired for three years now and having more free time has allowed me to do more writing. One novel but now mainly short stories and poetry, although I have just completed a novella, which is in the formatting and editing stage as of this blog.

My writing will never make me rich or famous but 45+ years of working hard, climbing the management ladder and giving up family life has provided me with a comfortable retirement and getting my life back has opened up opportunities to give some time to helping those less fortunate.

In my case, helping means giving three mornings a week to distributing supermarket ‘waste’ food to schools, food banks and other charities. Believe me, when I say it brings home to you how lucky you are when you meet people and families that struggle to live day to day.

It beggars belief that, in 2019, the number of people battling to survive is increasing when they live in the 5th largest economy in the world but this is what ten years of UK government austerity programs have done;

School kids that go hungry at home.

Families that go without food for days on end.

People that work full time only to end up in debt and poverty at the end of each month.

People having to forgo food so they can pay the rent and utility bills.

A lot of my poems reflect my anger and despair at the way humanity is destroying the world and the obscene gap between the rich and poor. I’m not a trained poet but hope my emotional output might, at least, stir some thoughtfulness in anyone who reads them.

In general, the feedback on my writing is positive and that encourages me to keep going. As someone said to me a long time ago; it’s the journey that counts; get your story written because you want to share it with other people without any expectations of wealth or fame.