Puff Daddy – Getting Better Than I Was

img-0260 Yesterday something important happened.

I’ve been running home, 5kms give or take, for a few months now. I average three, four times a week. Sometimes I meet Mrs Stu and the Kids halfway at the park.

This body of mine is not built to run. I’m a prop. Big. Heavy.

Yesterday I ran home, the original track along the roads, 5.1 kms according to Google Maps (heh heh), in the SUB 30 MINUTES bracket.

This is a big deal, HUGE, for me.

It’s not fast for most people who actually run. But for me, I’m getting better than I was. And being over 30 in chronological terms, over 110 in “well covered” terms, I’m stoked to be running a sub 30 minute 5kms.

Course, today I took it easy, ran light, didn’t push.

But my brain now knows I can do it. Push harder.

I might be a puffing Dad, but for a while I’m a better runner than I used to be.

Creating Like A Child

Over the last few years, the walls of my office have slowly become covered in pictures drawn by my kids.240920081678

There’s Aliens, Spiderman, Mario, Star Wars, T-Rex’s, Dragons, Dogs, Roads, Cars, Parents and Kids, Frogs, Knights, Snowmen, Horses, Airplanes, Castles, Futurama Characters, Houses and more. 


One picture has a Dragon flying underneath Lightning Clouds and above two wizards dueling it out. Another has a Dragon breathing fire above Alien Spaceships beaming Aliens down to the ground, and the people are running away scared. Still another has a Frog Prince on a lily pad.


Kids minds are okay with crazy. If you throw together a Dragon and an Alien in a computer game, or a story, they’re not going to worry so long as it’s fun. So long as you let them play, let them imagine.


What’s the point?

In a Game or a Story, don’t be afraid to draw together elements that have no obvious connection.
Put all the ideas in a crazy mashed-up puzzle, and then work out where the bits fit.