On being out of shape

Much of my self-worth is tied to my body image. I move slowly, much more slowly than I used to. My body aches, my back feels like it cannot support itself. My unwelcome belly hangs over my belt. The mirror reflects back to me a version of my body that I don't recognise. Dead after …

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Yoga pants bubble

I live in a yoga pants bubble. If you are reading this, probably you are too. Yoga pants, turmeric lattes, a cleaner, Psycle, organic food, eco tourism, cycling, art classes, ethical bags. And private school, violin lessons and experiential days out for our kids. The new spending habits of the aspirational class. A new inconspicuous …

Football

I've never understood why football means so much to me. Playing, yes, makes sense. It's fun and keeps you fit. Watching and supporting twenty two grown men kick a ball around? There is art, some beauty, lots of unpleasantness. There are stories, lots of stories. There is emotion. Yes, there is also community, a common …