Hello and welcome to a newly redesigned Beyond The Door…

I’m a bit of a traveller – quietly waiting in the wings, whilst trying to understand my world and place in the cosmos.

And I’m a thinker. I think a hell of a lot – and have done so since a very young age.

I think about our lives, our existence, our place in the cosmos. I think about what we, in our current form and beyond, are capable of achieving.

All my life I have been on a journey of self-discovery. I went to some very dark places during my teens – and it’s only recently that I have had some of the questions I have been asking for many years, finally answered. Not everything has been shown to me yet – but what I now know has helped me to understand who I am.

In my thirties I was finally diagnosed with reactive depression. Coupled with my ability to perceive and visualise emotions and feelings, the two can play havoc with my mind and my well-being. I have been to places that are so dark, that there has been a significant risk to my health.

For over twenty years I have not been able to talk openly about these things. After a very personal experience in 2013, I exposed my past openly and this almost led me to be hospitalised. I cannot sing the praises of our local health team enough – they worked swiftly, efficiently and stopped me from falling deeper into the abyss. Following this I began employment with the NHS, working as a mental health peer support worker. Now I manage a local mental health hub for those in crisis.

There have been two people throughout all this who have helped me the most – my wife and our son. They have kept me alive and guided me back on the right path.

Well, that’s me in a nutshell! And I hope that you find some things of interest…

2 thoughts on “Welcome…

  1. Coincidentally, I came accross your blog and after reading an article, I checked who you were in your “About me” page and I really liked the description that you make about your blog: “Thoughts & ideas, theories & scientific fact, things we can agree on & some things we can’t. Entertaining, factual, odd – or even controversial – I’m just posting items that are of interest to me” which made me want to follow your blog 🙂 So I wanted to drop a word saying that I like it very much.

    By the way, your wedding photos are fantastic and congratulations to you and your wife 🙂

    I have quite a wide interest range – similar to you- and I am sure, your postings will be a delight for me.

    In Turkey, I have a group called “Curious Souls Get Together” where we meet with the group members once in a month in beautiful galleries or bars and we watch very interesting TED Talks together. After each video we then make an exchage of views on each video. Our meetings are both enjoyable and very enlightening. You might have liked to participate I am sure.

    If you are interested, you may take a look at the videos we watch (www.isilblog.wordpress.com) and maybe share your comments on them too. (sorry I just started the blog – the page is yet incomplete but several meeting reports including the videos are there.)

    Have a nice day.


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