Summer Hopes by Neil Blake

I’ve never been someone to really hope for much in life, or from it and even given the fact I am now at a point in my life where my life challenge, my MS, has been dolled out and is now challenging me in the daily. All while teaching me about myself, relationships, art, etc.. on the daily. for the past 5 years. 

This summer has been beautiful and so fun and memorable  I’m not hoping for an amazing summer, I’m going to make it happen. 

What a Weekend! by Neil Blake

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Today is July 11th, which means we are almost already at the halfway point of the summer, which is always my favourite time of year!  The days are long and hot and the evenings are too. It all makes it perfect to go for a swim to cool off.

It rained a tiny bit on the way to the camp site, and the mosquitos were absolutely horrendous... but I’m on so much crazy medication, I’m pretty sure I smell like poison to them because I am essentially a walking poison trap so they totally left me alone, which was great!

Pemberton by Neil Blake

They aren’t quite ready yet, but I will be working on them tomorrow. It will be a brief summary and some tales and other musings about this past weekends camping trip! 

Found + Reset by Neil Blake

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 Today was an amazing day! I’d forgotten a key password in my digital and online life... my Google account. Finally after a long time I was finally able to reset it!!! Soooo 😃 happy! Thank you Google!

Just after that was the next event..finding the grinder I thought someone had stolen from me in Sudbury in the freezer!!! 

i am on the train to go visit a friend, the friend who just called to tell me that they had found my jacket!!! 

On My Way Home! by Neil Blake

 


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After almost 2 weeks here in Ontario for my birthday, it's time to get back onto a jet and fly back to Vancouver. I just can't wait to get back home and after this trip, I cannot wait!

My birthday this year was a life milestone that I thought I would be ready to handle and even thrive during. This week has shown me very  differently. Things it did show me a we’re lot of things about life, relationships, love and most importantly, myself.

It showed me that I still have a lot of work to do, and this time, instead of trying to make progress toward my goal on my own, I’m going to reach out for some help.

Now And Then by Neil Blake

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The picture above is a picture of one of my ex-girlfriends and I. The left side was taken 20 years ago, the right hand side was taken last night. Even though we’v aged a little, I think we both look just as happy as we did back then, even if all of the joy in the most recent picture on the right is bacause it’s of two people who were extremely close and important to each other at one time who hadn’t seen or talked in 15 years! 

Melissa is now a successful real-estate agent in Toronto’s red hot real-estate market where she keeps winning top sales award after top sales award. It was just so interesting listening to her speak I could probably done it all night. 

We had laughs, good conversation and all it did was remind me of how much I miss her and show me how much MS has affected my self confidence. 

Melissa works today and so unlike back in the day when we would dance till the sun came up, we were in bed early to get some sleep like the responsible adults we are these days.

 

Teedot by Neil Blake

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Back in my younger days, when I used to “rave”,  I’d try to get to “teedot” as often as I could afford. “Teedot” is what all of us candy kids would call the City of Toronto because that’s where all the best parties, I mean raves, were, and even if there wasn’t a party that weekend my girlfriend at the time was going to school at Seneca College and lived there, so I had plenty of reasons to go.

Today, I still have reasons to visit Toronto, but I live in Vancouver, so when my 40th Birthday party at home with all of my good friends from school and my family, I jumped on it.

So, almost 20 years later I’m on an Ontario Northland bus on my way to Teedot to catch up with the same woman whom I haven’ spoken to in an easy 15 years... I can’t even remember speaking to her since I moved to Vancouver.

That being said though, it’s 2018 and social networking is everywhere so I do still know a little bit about what she’s been up to.

West Arm by Neil Blake

So earlier this month while planning my trip home for my 40th birthday with my mom, we also planned to go to their trailer with my step-dad for a couple days and so that’s where I am now. 

Today is the summer solstice, my favourite day of the year because it’s the longest day of the year!

 

 

 

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Halfway There by Neil Blake

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When I was younger, I didn’t really think about what it would be and feel like to turn 40 years old. I mean, it’s not like I wasn’t planning for it because I was, but not in a lot of ways and areas I should have. 

I say “should have”  because even though my life changed drastically after I was diagnosed with MS, I do need to remember to appreciate what I do have. If this trip has shown me anything, it is that I have an amazing family and am friends with a group of truly amazing people who love me. It was all that expression of love that had me so emotional yesterday. Being back home for such a milestone has been extremely difficult because of all of the old thoughts that keep getting stirred up. 

At the end of the day however, it was a day I don’t ever want to forget and it reminded me of how important being in the moment really is.

Really? by Neil Blake

I've always taken public transit to and from work, especially once I realized how much less stress, expense, and in Vancouver at least, traffic I would have to deal with. Taking transit has always meant there was a lot ore walking in my life. When I was working as a software developer, I'd be sitting at a desk all day which meant that I wasn't getting a lot of exercise. 

Now that I am a lot more conscious of my health and my body, I set myself a daily step count of at least 13500 steps a day. I use my Apple Watch Activity App and Carrot Rewards app (if you want to earn more reqards, please use my user code "neilb6398") to keep track of all my step numbers everyday. 

Once I saw that I could earn Airmiles and Aeroplan miles just by walking, I'd joke I was going to walk to Hawaii! The only problem is I doin't think my shoes are going to make it. If i haven't somehow punctured a whole through the upper of the shoe like I did with my last brand new pair of Adidas shoes. Hopefully the shoe repair guys can fix them up real nice!  

I Think I've Got it! by Neil Blake

After a full 10 years of dealing with sooo much in my life, including the major distraction of being diagnosed with a chronic illness (MS), I think I have finally figured out how to finally let go of one of the best things to ever have happened to me. 

I have been seriously struggling for 10 years trying to figure out how to let go of my ex-wife. FINALLY! 

MS Walk Final Numbers by Neil Blake

Here's an update on the final total amount my team “The Young Persons Père Support Group”  managed to raise. We did it!!! Having raised over $14,000, we managed to be the team that managed to raise the most in the Fraser Valley! What an amazing achievement everyone!

I just want to end by saying a huge thank you to everyone who donated! 

THANK YOU!!! 

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