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More Than You Need to Know – More Than I Should Write

April 26th, 2009 Posted in illness, personal, writing

My regular readers will have noticed that I have a bit of an aversion to talking about myself. I always have.

I’d rather ask a million and one questions about you than reveal details about myself. Seriously – I have only 2 or 3 close friends who I freely share a personal details with and even though I’m very close to my parents there are things they don’t even know.

So this blog post is me metaphorically building a bridge and getting over my resistance to putting myself out there.

Umbilical Cords & Imaginary Friends

Lets start slowly. For those who haven’t read the incredibly mediocre About Me page, I’m a 23 year old guy living in Bendigo, Australia. I’m an aspiring writer, raised by great and loving parents on a few acre property amongst bushland but also close to the large town of Bendigo. I couldn’t think of the more perfect upbringing.

From the moment I was born I have been what my parents and a few doctors have often labelled, sometimes affectionately, a ‘problem child’ in refernce to my health. While I was generally a well hehaved boy since birth where my umbilical cord attempted to strangle me to death I have been at war with my own body.

I was originally meant to be an only child, however I always seemed lonley to them so my parents tried for another boy to keep me company. Compromises are a part of life and I spent my childhood trading time playing Ken to my sisters Barbie, so she would play the bad guys with my GI Joes (the Barbie Ferrari made a great urban assault vehicle).

Prior to starting school my sister was not enough company and in response I developed an imaginary friend named Doogie. Don’t laugh though, some adults still have imaginary friends named God and Jesus.

Learning Any Way I Can

Bill aged 18 and 4

I really enjoyed my early school years. My first school had only 30 students – my final high school had over 2,000 by which time I trully belived there were other, more effective ways to learn. I was quite good at school for the most part (though I was terrible at maths) and often a teachers pet, even if I did delight in challenging them from time to time.

Sport was a huge part of my life growing up. I started playing cricket at the age of 6, the youngest player on the ground facing kids double my age hurling solid balls my way at speeds over 100km/h. That sport taught me a lot of life lessons over the next 8 years but I also learnt as much in the solo sport of swimming where I was fortunate to have been coached by an Olympic gold medallist. I also found time to fit in other sports ranging from baseball to table tennis before I was struck down by illness in my teens.

Getting On With Life

While getting over that I discovered my passions for writing and motorsport, publishing my first story in the local newspaper and having my first car race just months apart. While still studying I combined the two, sampling life in the fast lane as a public relations/media person for two of the world best motorsport teams.

After graduating college, TAFE here in Australia, with an Advanced Diploma of Business (Public Relations) I eventually ended up working as journalist for a motorsport magazine before turning to freelance journalism and now focusing on becoming an author.

What Makes Me Tick

According to psychological profiling I am an introverted extravert with an intense curiosity for new ideas, theories and experiences.

I’m mentally quick, insightful and ingenious. Though easily bored by the routine and mundane, when intrigued I bring great energy, intensity, passion and focus.

I delight in challenging authority and those around me, but really just want to bring out the best in others.

I’m Sceptical and often prone to over-analysis; love to theorize and hypothesise. I’ve also been known to get lost in my own thoughts for days.

I truly believe I’m not alone, are you an intensely private person like myself?

  1. 10 Responses to “More Than You Need to Know – More Than I Should Write”

  2. By Tim on Apr 26, 2009

    “…I developed an imaginary friend named Doogie. Don-t laugh though, some adults still have imaginary friends named God and Jesus.”

    I laughed out loud while reading this, nice one!

    Looking forward to Renovation!

  3. By Sahara on Apr 26, 2009

    Thanks for writing this.

  4. By Bill on Apr 28, 2009

    Thank you both, glad you enjoyed my sharing a little to much.

    You’ll be the first to know Tim, I’ll have a bit of work in progress action up for you in a day or two on BTYB. The full story will be up on the blog here by the end of May.

  5. By How I Lost Thirty Pounds in Thirty Days on May 4, 2009

    Hi, great post, thanks for sharing. I will definitely be subscribing to your site.

  6. By Gina on May 7, 2009

    It was a great story; I was drawn here by the title, which reminds me of a talk my classmate and I had about the world and ourselves when in high school. 12 years later on, even though we lost contact, she now seems to develop her career in art in France. I recall she said everyone is meant to express themselves to the world by any means and she chose painting to express herself. I just assume this would be what writing means to you as painting to my friend? Anyway, I just want to say thank you for good stories here.

  7. By Bill on May 8, 2009

    Many thanks. Glad you both liked my moment of over sharing.

    Thats right Gina, we all have different ways to express ourselves and make sense of the world. Your very welcome.

  8. By Sam Gray on Jun 23, 2009

    I enjoyed reading your posts. My wife and I are reading your post together right now. She says you and I share personality traits.

    Isn’t it fun to just sit and think!

  9. By Bill on Jun 25, 2009

    Sam, I only hope your wife sees the good shared personality traits.
    I’m pretty sure your the first couple to read my blog together, I’m not sure if thats a momentous occasion or just a little odd. Either way many thanks to you both for reading and thinking.

  10. By Myra Pierre on Apr 18, 2012

    As I have always held, it’s not how many friends you have, but how deep your friendship is.

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