• Al Jennings

A Change in Direction...

Apparently, they say a change is good for the soul. Well, 2021 has arrived and things are changing significantly. The Orange Abomination has been impeached for the second time and is finally leaving The White House. The UK is back in its third national lockdown and with the COVID-19 vaccine finally being rolled out across the country there does seem to be some light at the end of this very dark tunnel.

For me things are changing as well. After a couple of years of looking for the perfect apartment and fresh start, I have finally signed on my very own bachelor pad. A cute, little one bedroom apartment, walking distance from Leeds city centre.

I’ve written a lot over the last few months about how difficult I have found being locked down with my family, and whilst I do love them, I am ready for my own place, and a taste of freedom.

Although, the taste of freedom is coming with MAJOR anxiety. Most of that anxiety is the financial aspect of things. I’ve got myself a place which is very reasonably priced, however, with the exorbitant costs of city centre living, I am going to have to really learn how to make a couple of quid stretch. I’m not going to be able to afford those little treats that I like. That expensive bottle of wine on a Friday night after work. Those cute little pairs of shoes that I will wear once and never wear again. The little things that keep me going throughout the month. I am really going to have to adjust to living within my means. It’s not that I can’t do it – I mean, I spent years working overseas as a rep living on a shoe-string budget – I can do this.

So, with things changing for me, then I guess that ANorthenerExplores is going to see some changes too. I’ve been thinking long and hard about the way that I want to take this little project forward. I’ve decided that I want to take it in a slightly different direction. I want to talk about things that, not only interest me, but what you, the reader might like to read about. I want to talk more about the journey that I’m going through in life. The struggles that I am going to face over the coming months, the ups, the downs and everything in between.

One of my New Years resolutions was to really open myself up to more possibilities. Meet new people – date new people that I maybe wouldn’t have considered dating in the past. I’m on this journey of self-discovery, and at twenty-eight, I still don’t really know who I am, and what I want to be when I grow up.

The pandemic really put a kybosh on my journey to find love, so with an end in sight, I figured that it’s time to restart that again. I want that all-consuming, passionate, head over heels love that you get in the movies. Or do i? I don’t know – it’s one of those strange things. You don’t know what you really want until you have it right? Or maybe you don’t know what you’ve got until you’ve lost it.

So here we go, 2021. Leeds. My own little bachelor pad. The future seems to be a little bit more exciting that many of us thought. I’m excited. I am also petrified as well. Change can be good and I’m hoping that that these changes in my life are going to interest you all too.

I will never stop championing the underdog. I will always speak up in support of our trans brothers and sisters – and I will still continue to hate every member of this tory government until they all resign one by one.

Somethings – I can just never change.

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