Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the start of my blog, so I thought it would be a good idea to reflect upon on the last 12 months.
A lot has happened in that time; some good, some bad.
The first thing I must do is thank everyone who has read my ramblings, whether through social media or the Gloucestershire Echo on Saturdays.
I trained in how to write for newspapers, not blogs, so I did not really know what I was doing in that respect, so I hope you have enjoyed my random subject matters, but it helps me look back through everything and jog my leaky memory.
What I find utterly unbelievable is how many people have viewed it. The blog app I use shows me how many people have read it. The current total is over 40,000, which just blows me away! For purely egotistical reasons, I like comparing that number to population sizes. So for example, what places; either cities or countries, contain that amount of people.
I like looking back through old blog posts; not only as a useful memory aid, but also to use as inspiration, to see how far I have come on my rehabilitation journey. As the saying goes: you don't know where you're going unless you know where you've been.
I now do three days a week at work in my job as a rugby journalist here in Gloucestershire. Not three whole days, in fact only three hours a day; so less than ten hours a week in total. The big positive I take from this is my working hours have increased during the duration of my return, as I only used to go into the office for an hour at a time, to write these blogs up, so it is clearly going in the right direction. What is also clear to me is my determination to get back to my normal hours and continue the job I love so much, without trying to sound too soppy.
If anything my appreciation of the job has increased after everything I've been through, as I've missed it so much.
I was worried my appetite may diminish slightly during my time off. But even for those few hours I am in the office, I love it, and I'm determined to increase the amount further, if possible. But, as I've seen with my inspirational grandfather passing away recently; health, family, and my amazing girlfriend Amy, really come above anything else. So I must walk before I can run, however, the Rugby World Cup is being staged in this country at the end of the season so that remains a big target for me to get back to 100 per cent for.
I'm also incredibly grateful to my work colleagues and bosses. They have managed my return to work really well, not pushing me too much, but on the other hand, just doing enough to make a contribution - without trying to sound like I'm sucking up to anybody!
Without sounding like I've won an oscar I do want to thank all my family, Amy and Amy's family and all my incredible friends. I would not be here without all the love from these people willing me and pushing me forward.
If one thing is learned from reading this blog; I hope it's that people will know there is life after a brain injury. I hope people can see life is so worth living; whether you can remember things or not. I hope people will see instead of just surviving in the aftermath of a brain injury you can still thrive.
Once more, thank you so much for reading, who knows where this blog will be next year, I can't wait to find out.