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I like the t̶o̶r̶t̶u̶o̶u̶s useful reminder I get each time the calendar year has progressed another 1% courtesy of the twitter account @year_progress. If you haven’t done so already, I’d suggest following it and enabling notification alerts each time that account tweets. It’s a (sometimes) stark reminder of where I am in the year and how much or little there is left of it.

At this point in time, 8% of the year has already come and gone and whilst I’m not in the habit of setting myself year-long resolutions, I feel the need to assess my progress of the…

Baba and his boy

My son’s never been a good sleeper. The last two years have been an endless cycle of ups and downs every night and it definitely does take its toll on a parent.

Now I like to think of myself as a patient person and strive to be an understanding parent, but there are times when I come to the end of my tether and sternly tell my son off for not sleeping. Just writing this makes me feel silly for doing so. I mean, what the hell does he know about how precious and sweet a full nights sleep is…

Seriously. Stop killing yourself for a race that never ends.

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I’ve found that key life changing moments spur on my desire to make big changes to my way of living and a lot of those with the ambition to improve my life in some way. Be it experiencing the death of a close one, getting married or when my son was born, each event created a desire to reassess myself and my decisions.

However, growing up in a world dictated by capitalistic economic and political systems, I’ve been ingrained with this idea that personal progression and value lie with the…

“ Oh you don’t want to be doing that! Do you?”

☝️ This was the response I got from (almost) everyone I spoke to when making this decision over two years ago. Largely, these were sympathetic and caring responses, but mixed in there was an undertone of ridicule and pity. Unsettling to say the least, but I was sure I was making the right decision for my family.

I was expecting my first child, moving into a managerial role at work and seeing the majority of my immediate family making their way into the midlands. Naturally my wife and…

Zahir Sumar

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