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Sunday Column (518)

Last Sunday my fish tank was sold. After 6 years I gave up on my hobby. When you buy a fish tank, the value you spend on it is high, yet the value you get for it is low. Just like a car it depreciates. You could sell the fish and the equipment separately but I decided to shift it together and make it a quicker sale. Hopefully the new owner, an “older” lady, will get much joy out of the tank and enjoys my fish. It is with a bit of regret to shift those fish, but neither the boys or the wife really enjoyed my hobby. And I didn’t enjoy it enough to invest more in it. Time to move on. When speaking about it to a mate who has three tanks, I already started thinking what kind of tank I could get next….no, it is time to move on and simplify my life. Another thing done. What is next?

Going out of your comfort zone is one thing. Whether that is training for a sports event and completing it, or just learning a new skill. My new job is full of those, sitting more over Excel sheets and PowerPoint recently than talking to people. I am learning a lot, and I really enjoy the new challenge and the balance. It is a different way of working, and it is good. Of course I still speak a lot with people and met a few new colleagues this week. I am enjoying the variety of the job.

Another step out of my comfort zone was to go and see a football game. That was in 2016. Now, 2 years later, I went for one in Manchester to treat my oldest to see his favourite team, ManCity. For those who know me, this is going out of my comfort zone again. Relying on trains to get to Manchester, watching a game of sports that I am not overly interested in, and then going on the train home. A full day, yet this wasn’t about me. This is only and solely for the boy. We had an amazing day. And I promised myself to focus more on these little people than I have done in the last 12 months. It seems to work. From playing 30 minutes of basketball before school to going to a football game. We went for walks last weekend and played monopoly whilst the wife was working. Focus and simplification. My two new mantras.

It has been an odd week to be honest. It is the typical end of year wind down. Rushing to finish a lot of meetings and I had a busy week of those. The fish tank and more thoughts of simplifying my life and making things easier, better even. And then the whole Brexit discussion I don’t even want to get into. Meeting good friends, catching up with work colleagues and being social. Always striving and seeing what there is to learn and take onboard.

There are 3 weeks left to Christmas, the end is near yet the diary full. Time will fly past and before we know it, we are in 2019.

Don’t let time run away, live the moment.
Volker

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Sunday Column (157)

Some weeks it seems like a chore to write this column but most nights I really enjoy just to relax, have a sip of wine and write down my thoughts.

A fantastically short week lies behind me. I was off on Monday and Tuesday to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Now all my 2011 holidays are used up 🙁

This week was another “non healthy” week: too much drink for which I blame my days off. But also the fraternity meeting on Thursday night. It was the first time in 3 years, 5 years after I recovered the “Wappen” of the Angelsachsen from the old local pub, that I joined a “Stammtisch”/meeting in London. And we had a lot of fun. It was just like meeting relatives/family that you haven’t seen for a while. A nice way to meet new faces, new comers to London and people with similar attitudes. Although I am not as much involved any more it is still fantastic to see that where ever you are, in which ever city you live, you find some people with the same roots. I would go as far and say that the bond is stronger than any other membership clubs I know about.

The main thing this week was time with the kids. Very simple. March will see me travelling quite a lot, so I enjoyed it even more to spend time with the kids in the aquarium in London on Tuesday, then the Hopfarm this weekend. They grow up so quickly and are so enjoyable despite all the hard work 🙂 Sometimes I just cannot get enough when they both try to jump on me, trying to tackle me. At least for the time being I am still the winner. But for how long?

One of the next things I need to tackle are diet, drink and sleep as well as fitness. Have you heard that before? I guess every so often I get fed up of my life style. With me now working less in the UK market I should get a break from too many lunches and with increased travel should drink less. However, I am far from gaining a sleeping or fitness routine. Sleeping gets a lot better and we had a few nights now that Rohan slept through. But Colin is very unsettled and comes to stay in our bed often. Now will that all change with the new house?

The coming week will be critical for the house buy. There are some unresolved issues we need to tackle but we are confident to make progress and push for a completion date before end of April. I don’t think it will all happen before Easter, but it could. We keep you posted.

I met a few interesting people this week. You remember that you “meet people for a reason“? Last week was one of them. I met a few people I hadn’t spoken to for a while. Some new people who I knew through other people that made an impact on me a long time ago. It is weird that those things just happen. You are thinking of someone and “bang” they are there: in your face, in your life for a reason. Then they are gone and a connection to them or they themselves will one day resurface again.

I love life.
I love living.

Have a good week,
Volker

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