Friday, 5 August 2016

A Question of Faith

I find myself getting older and looking for something but Im not quite sure what it is. I feel like Im in need of some faith, something that would guide me through more difficult times, perhaps something to believe in, to have absolute faith in the fact that this will be what makes me more comfortable with who I am. To believe that I can be a better person, for my family, my friends and for my own benefit.

Religion has crossed my mind a few times. That sense of belonging to something, the fact that you are able to rely on others for support, the sense of community it gives people. I wonder if thats what Im looking for? I've looked at Christianity a few times but it always comes back to the same things for me, you dont treat everyone the same, homosexuals are not recognized, and if there is a God then why does he allow bad people to do bad things?

Perhaps Im simplifying it a little. All religions have their faults but they give people so much courage and hope, and I wonder if Im missing out on that? Am I denying myself the chance to feel better about myself I suppose?. Im not slipping back to the black dog by the way, I guess as I get older and I start to question my own morality Im looking for something to help me cope better with lifes challenges.

I have a wonderful family, Im happier than I've ever been but I feel sometimes I need something else. Perhaps what Im after is someone to tell me its all going to be okay. Im a huge country fan and I see how it brings people together and how huge the church is to them. not only in their music but to their fans and way of life as well. It gets mentioned in numerous songs, and it gives them a sense of peace that I feel Im missing.

I just struggle with the intolerance of others and their lifestyle choices that all religions are so against. You dont chose to be who you are, you born that way, so why cant religion accept that? Why cant it be modernized a little to envelope all of us? Why cant we use science alongside faith a little more? Surely if all religion promotes peace and hatred then why are there so many wars?

At the age I am Im after some answers, Im ready to accept religion as part of my life and the love and support it will give me, but I cant and wont go against what I believe in as well. So here I am stuck in the middle as it were. I bet there are others like me as well. So how do resolve it? How do we become more peaceful as a society if we are told to forget everything that we believe in not to be true?

I dont have the answer to that question, Im going to throw this one out there and hopefully have a reasoned debate with people from both sides. So how do you convince me to put my beliefs in science alongside religion and hopefully allow me to join in what I see as an experience perhaps Im missing out on.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Poke his what?

Why do people feel the end to judge others all the time? The recent explosion of Pokemon Go in this country and around the world has took everyone by surprise but the hate towards the people that play it has been non stop. Here are a just a few of the comments I've seen on Facebook and Twitter.

"If you are a grown man playing Pokemon Go you're a Bellend"

"If you are playing Pokemon Go hand in your man card"

"Look at these c#### running around after a virtual Pokemon grow up"

"Whats wrong with these idiots do they not know its real?"

Why the hatred people? I watched a video of a thousand people chasing a Pokemon around Central Park and you know what I did? I laughed out loud thinking how brilliant that was. What an experience to be there.

If its not your thing then stop being a sheep and following the flock and let others enjoy it. Im fed up with people constantly putting others down because they dont like it. Why on earth is your opinion worth more than others, yep I get the irony. In a way its a form of bullying.

You get the leader of the pack post something on Facebook/Twitter and all of a sudden his friends will comment agreeing with it, those that are brave enough to say they enjoy something are often derided for saying so as the pack mentality sets in. Facebook gets more and more like a school playground every day. Here's a tip if you dont like it you haven't got to participate in it.

There isn't enough fun in anything anymore. We seem to have lost our way, instead of actually trying it to see if we like it, we say how we hate it and therefore deny ourselves the chance to have fun. With all the hate in the world perhaps its time we started to be more open about things and actually tried doing something different for a change.

A mate of mine Jay Stammers decided he was going to have a huge water-fight in his village at the weekend. Started having a bit of banter with his mate Dan Williams and all of s sudden there are 300 people dressed in Red and Blue shooting Water pistols at each other and having a brilliant time. Thats what life should be about! A bit if banter, a bit of organizing and before you know it young and old have had a brilliant experience together, something they wont ever forget. Superb well done lads.

Life should be about having fun, trying things that you haven't tried before, and if you dont like it so what? You had a go! Pokemon has opened up a world of fun for me and my boys, Im telling them about games I played as a kid, its started my interest in handheld games again and made me realize how much I miss them. So along with my boys I've got a new one and a Pokemon game for us to play together. Its also made me realize that I've had enough of being a grown up and every now and then I want to do things that are fun.

If you watch football you may wear the shirt of your team, the same for any sport, for a pop group, for a novelist, hell for even someone I've never heard of but thats okay because YOU enjoy it, and thats all that matters. Forget what others say, it doesn't matter, you may think it does but it doesn't. Trust me on this do what you like. Im going to.

I want to chase Pokemon around a field with my boys, I want to shoot water pistols and throw water bombs, I want to make stupid faces and laugh till my sides hurt. I want to be a kid again, not all the time sod that it was bad enough the first time, but just for a few hours each week, I want to have FUN!!!. If you dont like what I do then thats okay thats your right but dont try and spoil my fun by putting me down for doing it.

Just try and do something that made you happy once, it may make you happy again. There is enough misery in this world without us all adding to it. Life is too bloody short to not try and enjoy it a little more than we are at the minute.

Now can someone tell me what the hell a Pickahu is?