Mat is a 49 year old, self professed hermit who sees the best in everything. Originally from England, he chased his dreams through academics, computer science, software development, through creative arts, interesting hobbies and now finds himself as a creative photographer.
You would think he would know what he wants to do by now. But life has taken him on an interesting journey through all manner of unique experiences to the point where we find him now. Enlightened??? Maybe. That’s for you to decide. But enjoy the many ramblings of a carefree, happy soul on yet another interesting diversion along the path.
About the name – Gregarious Hermit
As many of you smart people will be quick to point out, a “gregarious hermit” is a bit of an oxymoron. The “moron” part might be quite appropriate. But there’s a certain comedic duality to calling something two extremes that can’t exist at the same time.
A “Hermit”, someone who shelters themselves away from other people and society can’t possibly be “Gregarious”. Someone who engages fully with social situations. A social butterfly. But in that duality there is the nature of spirit, that we can be all things at the same time. A singularity. It defies logic.
My wife was the person that first started calling me the gregarious hermit. Left on my own, I much prefer the silence of my own company. And why not? I’m a nice guy after all.
Buuuuuut. On those occasions where I am dragged into a social situation, I love talking with people. Finding out what makes them tick. Trying to tease out some interesting story. And generally having a good time.
So, an outgoing extrovert who loves being on his own.
Why the Blog? Why now?
Over my many lifetimes of existence, I have come to certain realizations that make me happy no matter what. It has brought great peace and clarity to my existence even in times of great hardship and inner struggle.
Right now, the world seems to be going through a frantic transition with daily stories of apocalyptic turmoil. Water shortages. Wildfires. Locusts. Famines. Pandemics. Riots. Wars. What a mess.
With the current pandemic affecting most people either through illness, unemployment or forced staying in your home, a lot of people seem to be reaching a mental breaking point.
Much of what I have learned can help tremendously deal with the stress and anxiety. So if I can help just one person with the information I share, then it seems worthwhile to me.