I have something a little different for you today, Something Changed is one man’s journey through divorce, dating, and depression and it’s my stop on the blog tour today and I’m delighted to hand over to the author, Matthew Williams to the blog …
A few things I never expected to be in my life:
- mentally ill
- a champion for mental health
- a divorcee
- a single parent
- a published author
It’s funny how life works out. All of the above have come to pass in my life. If you had shown that list to my younger self I would have taken one of them (I expect that you’ll be able to guess which). And yet, without any of the first four, the fifth entry on that list, perhaps my proudest achievement, would not have happened.
There is a saying to be careful what you wish for. We have heard many stories of people that have achieved all of their dreams, whether that be in sport, films, music, or by winning the lottery, only for it all to go wrong.
Sometimes it works the other way. Sometimes the very worst things that life can throw at you turn out to be the making of you, and lead you to the very dreams that you could never have expected. Me, an author? If you’d have told me that a few years ago I’d have laughed at you. Yet here I am. And here you are, reading my words. Pretty amazing, isn’t it? Especially considering that my initial words on my writing journey were born of heartbreak and pain.
Yet out of such things can great things be born. I no longer have expectations of life. I got the things that I wanted and expected: marriage, stability, a great career. I also lost the thing that meant the most to me. My family. And, on two separate occasions, I lost the thing that is perhaps most precious and yet most easily taken for granted: my health. My sanity.
I have discovered something much greater. I have discovered a latent talent that is now my passion – writing. I have met interesting, inspirational new people. I have had the most wonderful opportunities presented to me. I have become more keenly aware than ever before of the unseen and infinite opportunities that life has to offer.
I know that on any given day that something wonderful and unexpected can happen – a new opportunity to speak, to write, to talk to someone new that can help to take my life in new directions. And still I face disappointments along the way. Of course I do, that’s life. But I can face the disappointments and overcome them far easier than I ever have before. Because I know that no matter what I have to put behind me, there will always be great moments, great days, ahead.
Through all of life’s ups and downs, many of which have been forced upon me during a short spell of my life, I have developed a greater sense of purpose through the seemingly unfair, unwanted, twists and turns in life.
And, more than ever before, I trust that life is what I make of it, and that with faith, persistence, hard work, and love, everything will be for the best.
Thank you so much for sharing this with my readers, Matthew. It’s great to see such a positive outlook and that you have been able to turn negatives into positives.
Matthew’s book, Something Changed, is out now, here’s the blurb …
Life can change forever in a moment…
In the aftermath of marriage breakdown how do we pick ourselves up and start again?
In August 2014 Matthew Williams was forced to do just that. In Something Changed he navigates us through his journey with wit and wisdom, taking in divorce, dating and self-discovery while facing the dark spectre of depression.
Hopes and fears, laughter and tears – all are encountered along the way to learning some important lessons about love, loss and life.
‘Have you ever noticed how life’s biggest lessons are also the most painful? Maybe that’s just life’s way of making sure we don’t forget them…’
You can pick your copy up now over at Amazon:
My hugest thanks to the author and Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for inviting me to join the tour.
There’s a giveaway running over on Rafflecopter, click HERE and be in with a chance of winning one of two £10.00 Amazon vouchers and a copy of the book.
About the author …
Matthew Williams is an author, blogger, speaker and coach. He lives in the North East of England with his two young children. Matthew is passionate about positive change and turning life’s challenges into lessons for creating a better future. He hopes that by writing about his own experiences he will be able to inspire others to make positive changes in their lives.
Something Changed is Matthew’s first book. More of his writing can be found at his blog, Love, Laughter & Truth: https://lovelaughtertruthblog.com/