What are you doing on Saturday 17/11/18 at 10am?
Nothing, you say?
If you’re in and around Porthmadog in North Wales, you can join me for the first, gentle ramble, in this the next step of Walk a Mile in My Shoes.
I’m a middle aged man, carrying more weight than I’d like, with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, walking around the edge of the U.K. to highlight the experience of people with mental health problems – many of whom feel they’re on the edge of society.
The story isn’t about me, or the walk…
It’s about the conversations I’ll be having with the people I meet on the way.
It’s all about the talk.
In the 1960’s the Jain Monk, Satish Kumar started a peace march to challenge the proliferation of nuclear arms.
Following the advice of his guru, he took no money with him to ensure he was motivated to talk to people at the end of the day.
I thought if this wonderful man could walk from India to Pakistan – expect and receive great hospitality from the people he met on his way – when the 2 countries were at war, then I should expect the same from the people of the U.K.
So far I’ve walked around 4500 miles, anti-clockwise around the coast from Edinburgh to Porthmadog in North Wales with no money and, so far, people have been 100% fabulous.
Over the past 4 years I’ve been involved in a number of mental health campaigns, including writing the book, ‘Walk a Mile: Tales of a Wandering Loon’, that took me away from the sacred ramble.
Much has happened in the U.K. since then – a great deal of which feels divisive.
So, what am I returning to?
Will the fine people who inhabit our lovely island continue to be fabulous or will I be met with mistrust?
Will folk be less hospitable?
Are we as divided as mainstream and social media would suggest?
The simple answer is NO
You’re going to be every bit as brilliant as before.
Once again not only will I be collecting your stories for the next book in the Walk a Mile series – this time we’ll be keeping the conversation going with the all new podcast, available wherever you get your podcasts
I want you to be part of the conversation.
We’ll be meeting up at the Llyn Bach – carpark in Porthmadog at 10am – postcode LL49 9DD
The first person to meet me with the traditional WAM greeting, ‘Walk a Mile’ will get themselves a free, signed copy of my book.
Walk a Mile