I have read and continue to learn a lot from different types of books. I think that most books, and there are millions of different books out there in the world, have something to give. We can learn something from what they have to say, in other words, I usually take a little something away with me from a book I've just finished. I've read travel /adventure explorer books, biography and autobiography books, non-fiction books, and because I have kids, lots of children's books. When I started writing, I wanted to do something different, not just for the sake of doing something different but because my mind was telling me that I should be myself in what I write, which I think is pretty far from the usual run of the mill writing style. One of the things I wanted to write about was travelling around Ireland and the UK to try and promote how great it is to go and see the beautiful countryside around us and how healthy it is for us as human beings to do so. I also believe that if we go and explore the great outdoors and make it a big part of our lives, we will, in turn, think about and do things to help look after and preserve it for future generations to come. We owe it to them to do so. Which brings me to my next big reason for writing, leaving a diary for future generations. If I could make a quantum leap or time-travel forward one hundred, two hundred, maybe even three hundred years and talk to my great-grandchildren, or even yours, what would I talk to them about? What would I say to them about what sort of life I lived? Did I ever spare a thought about them and the world they would have to live in? The list of reasons for me writing is a long one, but this reason alone is the main one and one that keeps me thinking about things I want to write about. The older I get, the more I feel a sort of responsibility for the future generations to come. To sit back and think 'what difference could I make or what's the point' is not good enough. Then there's the other stuff I write about. Funny stories from my past plus the odd fiction story threw in here and there to lighten the mood and laugh about. Today is the 12th of February 2019 it is now 06:40 am in the morning and I am about to go and prepare breakfast for my daughter Ruby aged ten, my son George aged eight, and my wife Carissa. Life is tough sometimes but good. If you are in the future reading this and I am long gone, I very much hope that you are well and living a good life.