I have been blessed with a good life. A life, I have to say, with its challenges. Challenges, mainly self-induced, through wrong-thinking, physical challenges, perhaps genetically passed on to me.
I am a disabled person, who after an accident at work in 2010, started thinking about a life-change. After a year of rehabilitation, in 2011, I managed to go back to work as a long-distance National Express driver. This was short-lived, and in September 2014, I finished my last shift, succumbing to the worsening mobility issues precluding me from safely operating a passenger vehicle.
A year later, I found a love of my life, who suffered alcoholism, had died in July 2012, a discovery I made by chance, a discovery which spiralled me into a divorce and a deep depression. The black dog still plagues me to this day. A guilt I will never be able to reconcile, ever.
After the separation, then divorce, for the past three years, (at the time of writing), I live in the historic market town of Prescot in Merseyside, North West England. I converted a bedroom into an office and upgraded to fibre broadband and the latest Dell SSD machines to run my programs. I formed a company called SiteKnight UK Ltd. It is not trading yet because of the Covid-19 shutdown, but in 2021 and beyond I hope to be up a running Nationally and Internationally.
Why am I telling complete strangers this most private information? I am telling you because I decided to re-educate myself, adding many skills usually attributable to those three decades my junior. I found a love for learning. You know what? I am rather good at it.
After studying with the Shaw academy where I completed two diploma courses in Entrepreneurial Studies and Internet Marketing, (gaining distinctions), in 2017 I started a six-year undergraduate, part-time, Open University BSc. (Honours) Degree in Computing and IT (Q62).
The rigour of higher academic study scared me. As a child I went to eleven different schools as I was from a military family. I managed to gain some GCE O Level qualifications, but never carried on with my education after that. Moving around as I did is dysfunctional in many respects. Academically it was a challenge as many of the schools I went to taught different regional examination board curriculums. For example, one school might teach German as a second language, when we moved, in another school the second language was French.
One thing I did excel at as a child was music. Bb Clarinet and Guitar. I studied music after my father became friends with Stuart Watts, the Bandmaster of the 1st Royal Anglian Regiment. His wife, who I had a crush on, Catherine Watts was a trained operatic singer. In my office I have four guitars, studio equipment and a keyboard. I use Cubase 10.5 Artist edition to make my music these days. I will get a Bb Clarinet soon. When I was married, my wife wasn’t interested in the music aspect of my past, even though I was a professional entertainer for over a decade as “Jim Wright.”
Forefront is my love of web-design, video creation and writing. This website is a compilation of my planned projects, past, interests, loves and opinion. I may be old, I may be disabled, but I am good at what I do. My OU module grades are currently 82%, 92%, 93% 95% and 99% in My Digital Life, Mathematics, Robotics, Cisco Networking and Linux Programming, respectively. As you can probably tell, I am proud of my progress thus far.
The whole point of my website is to perhaps inspire other who think their ship might have sailed! I am here to tell you; you can teach an old dog new tricks. It is never too late to make changes in your life. When it comes to learning, in addition to my OU degree course, I have purchased over a hundred video courses with Udemy.com. I also subscribe to many YouTube channels that offer insights into my interests. Finally, I am a member of “Bring You Own Laptop” (BYOL) an internet learning membership website offering courses in many of the Adobe Creative Suite programs. Daniel Walther Scott, the trainer, is an Adobe Certified instructor. I want to be like him, he is my hero!
I hope you enjoy reading my blog. I ramble on a bit, but if you like reading, I hope some of my experiences are useful to you. Do not be a stranger. I would welcome any comments, criticism, or some inspiration from you. You can find ways to contact me on my contact page. Recently a secret love of my life friended me on Facebook. I have not seen or heard from her in nearly fifty years. If you knew me, or “Jim Wright,” please get in touch. It would be lovely to hear from you.