Today is my brothers birthday. Happy 17th Kiddo. I love you.
Today I helped my stepdad sort out the car as the battery was dead. We are unsure whether or not the alternator is gone or the battery is dead. Also fun fact the battery in a BMW 330 is not under the bonnet where you expect it to be. Oh no, it is in the boot under the driver’s side indicators. That is correct; the battery is in the back of the car. It threw me massively.
As my brothers 17th present (one of, he got a few little things) he got his first driving lesson paid for by my stepdad. That was a nice little surprise for him. He enjoyed himself and is looking forward to carrying on with his lessons. As he has no job I am guessing that my parents/I am going to pay for all his lessons. I bought him his provisional licence as a present anyway, so I guess he will be doing it that way.
I went for a walk today as well. From 2PM until 4:05PM I walked and I basically did not stop. It was really good as it was 1. Exercise and 2. My daily dose of vitamin D which is always good for boosting your mood.
I thought about what my life was like last year while I walked (partially because I was signing up with a new gym as it is closer and cheaper as I need to get back into it again). Last year I:
- Regularly went to the gym
- Was basically unemployed
- Was about 1 stone heavier (but it was muscle not fat)
- Seeing someone
- Much more physically fit
- Had skins (very short haircut, think how US Marines look, that was similar but shorter on top)
- Drinking minimum once a week
- Happier (to an extent)
The last point is the most important one here. I was happier. I think the main two things that made me happier were the fact I had the attention of a lovely lady and that I had a great deal more body confidence. Now, I am happier now as I am earning money so that I can fund activities/save towards a big purchase, but that is in a different way. I want some of the happiness from my past in my present. This is why I have re-joined up at a new gym.
I think that by doing so I will be able to boost my body confidence, boost my self-confidence, improve my health, improve my mind, and use it as a stress relief. Also, with my severe lack of sex life (albeit I have not been trying, but that said, I am not a one-night-stand kind of guy (see here)) I think I can use this as a method of relieving tension. Arnold Schwarzenegger was quoted a long time ago during his bodybuilding days to have said a good workout session is better than sex. I can remember some of my best sessions and the burn was amazing and I loved it, but I loved the high of a good session more, so that is what I want again.
I got my brother 2 x £50 notes. He has never had one and I felt that everyone should have at least one in their lives, so I gave him two. He was rather happy about it when I gave him his card this morning. £50’s are not super common, but I think they look cool as they are bigger than standard notes and they are red.
We are heading off to Nando’s for a little bit of birthday dinner with the family and my brothers girlfriend. A little bit of a double standard again as I never went to dinner with my girlfriends and my family as I was made to do those as separate events. I just have got to the point where I have accepted the fact that my brother will always get an easier ride than I have through life, but I didn’t have a big brother who would be the tester child for the entire generation of the family so I guess he is just luckier. Better stop this before it starts to sound bitter!