” This is one of those books that I’m sure will stay with me for a while, if not for the rest of my life. There’s just something so unique and real about it and I just felt very connected to the themes it presented. ” – review The day has finally arrived – my […]
[This story was originally shared via the Neil Hughes Occasional Email Experience. Sign up for stories like this in your inbox.] Image via Max Pixel, licenced under Creative Commons CC0 A story about life revelations in three parts: I: Hit In The Face Last week I got hit in the face in a pub toilet […]
You may remember that aaaaages ago I gave a TEDx talk about anxiety and custard. Since then I’ve been asked “when is your TED video up?” approximately… a lot of times. Finally, I can answer that question. (Although you’ve probably guessed.) It’s up now. It contains me. Silly doodles. Stupid jokes. Honesty. Ideas about being […]
Recently I got a haircut. And, as you might expect, nothing particularly surprising happened. But, as I was paying, the hairdresser asked a question. “Do you have 50p by any chance?” Immediately I sprang into action. I searched rapidly, poring through my wallet, tipping coins into my hand and picking out the right change for […]
This post contains excerpts from the early chapters of Walking on Custard. This version was originally published online over at Mindtank, an awesome blog for sharing mental health and anxiety stories. Do check them out and give them plenty of support! Worrying has always been my primary way of dealing with the world. For most […]
Anybody who has known me for even a short time knows I am attracted to ridiculousness like a moth attracted to fire. Where the thing on fire is a cow dressed as clown. (Of course, it’s possible that ridiculous events are attracted to me, and not the other way around. I’ve never been able to […]
This post was originally written for tinybuddha.com. You can find the original post here It’s 2004, and I awake in a student college in Melbourne, Australia. This comes as no surprise, because, at the time, I lived there. I groggily stagger to the shared bathroom on my floor, to perform my morning washing routine. There’s […]
A claustrophobic attack, an unwrapped birthday present, and a cheesy idea to annoy my inner critic. Do we “have everything we need”?
I was intending to write the next part of the series about anxiety, but I accidentally wrote a story about a cake instead. I’m sorry. The Story About A Cake “Hello,” said the cake. “Have you ever met a talking cake before?”
Falling a long way while strapped to a German teaches us a lot about hiding anxiety. There’s no shame in being anxious, and no need to keep anxiety secret.