Facing fears and Still changing the world

Hola to my lovely blog readers! Hope all is well in your world :-)

This blog post is going to touch on a few points, so brace yourself. I want to bring you up to speed on my recent happenings, tussles with my future direction and give you some advice on how to change the world yourself.

You may have noticed less posts on my blog than usual. It’s taken a trip away to realise something very important about myself; I burnt out at the end of 2012. This isn’t in some dramatic way, but nonetheless food for thought in the future.

Having thrown myself into my blog, Disability Horizons, e-learning projects and media work; it became apparent that making a living from your passion isn’t so easy! I’ve been lucky enough, under the tutelage of AJ and Melissa Leon, to know how to work on your passion and travel sustainably. It’s amazing I’ve achieved so much the past 18 months, and survived them too, but it has certainly taken its toll.

It became apparent that funding my projects directly was a fair way away, and unfortunately life demands money. So, in November and December I began a quest to offer my wealth of knowledge and experience on social media, marketing and disability to others. Life always throws us challenges, and seems to go the way we least expect. I certainly didn’t plan two years ago to offer myself for consultancy work, but for now it’s right in many ways. As I’ve meandered to this point and questioned my upcoming direction; simplification is the best option. Following a lower spell, I realised my consultancy work can pay the bills, but my disability projects can carry on and I can continue to explore this world of ours – changing it bit by bit.

Which brings me onto my advise. The whole time I’d debated if I had failed, whether I should give up, and if my attempts had made any difference; I was missing something so obvious! It took something right under my nose in Spain to show me the importance of life.

First and foremost I shouldn’t have been questioning anything whilst on my project in northern Spain. With European Union funding to travel to, live in and volunteer on cool activities; you could get annoyed at me for any negativity. However, I’m a deep thinker and I care about working on things: past, present and future that matter! Hence my pensive mood in Aviles.

Then one night I headed to a bar where I’d interviewed the owner for this video. He said last year he would build a ramp should I ever come back. It was unlikely I would return and I really thought the ramp would’ve been forgotten. On arrival, he greeted us, headed off and came back with a ramp smiling!

Clearly on a personal level it was great to enter the bar safer and more easily. Furthermore, it made me glow that other wheelchair users could do so in the future too. The accessibility video project had made a difference.

Then someone said to me these powerful words: “you know Martyn, your work is great, but you really change the world just by being you and living life”.

So, as I head off to strategise my consultancy business, dream up my next disability project, plan for my radio show with Kasia here and so forth – remember this…

Whoever you are and whatever you do: if you live life fully, make people question our world sometimes, and change even one persons attitude – you are changing the world! Even more importantly, appreciate what you already have alongside planning an even more beautiful future.

I hope you enjoyed this very open and honest post. If you have any thoughts please get in touch, and if your peeps will enjoy it too please share it.

I’ll be back with a video on my Spanish antics soon. We are planning the premier of the video before I leave Asturias in 4 weeks and head to Tenerife, before driving my car home mid April ;-)