Every friend you have ever had, or ever will have, was at some point a random stranger…. Unless that friend is a younger sibling, in which case, you got stitched up with them. Those friends you hold so dear, that you laugh with, lean on in times of need, and, in some cases, have no hesitation farting in front of, were people that you used to know absolutely nothing about.
You’re probably sitting here thinking “Yeah, so what has this got to do with the price of eggs in China?!”
What I am getting at is, the majority of people are more likely to listen to advice, take on criticism, and be motivated by somebody they regard as a “Friend” as opposed to somebody they know less than nothing about. The more you know somebody, the easier it is to relate to them. I am aiming to write a blog that will motivate and guide readers in their everyday life, to expand their thinking and help them become better people. If my readers know nothing about who I am, why the hell would they take on any advice I give them?
This is the point of my first post. In order to truly grasp the value of the stories, perspectives, lessons and insights of my future posts, you need to know at least a little about me. Instead of diving into some dull, self-centred novel carefully dissecting every little detail about my life, I am only going to share with you eight things about myself.
1. How old are you? I am 23 years of age.
2. Where are you from? I am Australian born, and I live in a small town that is a cheeky drive South of Sydney.
3. Single? I am happily engaged to my high school sweet heart Talia.
4. What do you do for a living? Like a lot of people my age, I am fresh out of University and do not have a clear vision of what I would like to do with my life. I graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2013 with a Bachelors degree in Business. I majored in Economics. Since graduating I have found employment as the Inventory manager/Purchasing Officer in a Food Distribution company in the area. Hardly a dream job, but at this stage of my life, it’s all about that “foot in the door”, learning the different levels of a business first hand, and gaining the experience necessary to broaden my horizons.
5. Any hobbies? If you don’t like football (soccer for anyone reading that refuses to call it football), you better click away now……..
………… Don’t really………… still there? Phew! I thought I’d lost you there!
I am absolutely mad about football. Living in Australia, you need to be, as watching the big teams in the big leagues (such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester United etc.) involves getting out of bed at 2-3 o’clock in the morning. If somebody is giving up their beauty sleep on a regular basis, they are either a) completely mental (I promise, I’m only half mental…..) or b) really passionate about what it is they are getting up for.
Apart from football/soccer I have played Guitar since I was 12 years old. I have even taught music to children on a part time basis during my studies. Not a bad gig for a student to earn a bit of coin on the side. One of my new years resolutions has been to pick the guitar up more often, as priorities have limited the time I have to play.
6. Ever travelled? Yes, Talia and I went on a cruise together in February 2014 to Vanuatu and New Caledonia. This has so far been my only trip away from Australia. This was the beautiful trip that turned magical when I took a leap of faith and got down on one knee. I am one lucky bugger, because she responded with the greatest three letter word in the English language: “Yes”. Check out the picture! I am punching above my weight, I know 😛
7. Lots of friends, or a small group of friends? I have always been a person who gets along with the vast majority of people I come across, but I have always preferred a small handful of close friends over a large number of friends. I don’t need to go into further detail how close I am with my friends (within two sentences of starting this post, I openly admitted to farting in front of them)……. moving on.
8. Five celebrities you would love to meet? I have a huuuuuuge list of celebrities I would like to meet, but if I had to pick five I would absolutely love to meet would be:
Keith Urban: Since learning to play guitar, I have been a massive admirer of this man’s talent. He has the ability to make the guitar sing for him in many of his songs, and he makes it look effortless. I have been to see him live twice already, and every time he comes to Sydney, I make sure I get my hands on a ticket. He would be my number 1 to meet.
Thierry Henry: As an Arsenal fan (sorry for any Tottenham or Manchester United fans reading, or any other supporters who do not like Arsenal) but I would not be a true fan without having this man on my list. Make sure you Entourage fans go and see the movie when it comes out! As King Theirry will be in it! The guy is a legend in sport full stop, let alone Arsenal Football Club.
He is no longer alive, but I would have had Nelson Mandela on this list. There aren’t too many people in history that have had a more influential impact on their nation than this man. I felt incredibly sad the day the world lost him, and I feel he deserves to remain on my list (even though I will never meet him).
Neil Patrick Harris: One of my favorite shows ever is “How I Met your Mother” and I have always loved “Barney” as a character. NPH is someone I’ve always thought would be fun to meet, and I wouldn’t pass it up if the opportunity came.
Emma Watson: The first Harry Potter film was released when I was 9 years old. So naturally, I am a big fan. Who didn’t love Hermione as a character. Not to mention (sorry Talia, look away) that she has gotten hotter and hotter as she has grown up. She hasn’t let the child celebrity life intoxicate her in the way the likes of Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus or Macaulay Culkin did. I have a lot of respect for what she stands for, and what she has chosen to do with her life after Harry Potter. I would love to meet Emma one day.
Barrack Obama: That is six Luke. You moron! But given one of my first five I technically cannot meet, I am going to put another. A cliché I know, to put the American President on the list. But forget that he is President, forget his policies, and forget the bullshit of politics for a second, I like his personality. I like what he stands for. I respect the achievement he has accomplished in becoming the first African American to be President. I simply can’t leave Obama off my list.
So there you have it! You know a little bit about me. Give this post a like if you enjoyed it, and feel free to follow. I am interested in knowing who your top five celebrities to meet would be, so please comment your list. I look forward to writing posts that will entertain, motivate, and engage my readers. It’s all about life as Luke knows it!