The End of a Year

A year ago a YouTube channel posted its first video called Unus Annus. The purpose of the channel was to upload a video every day for a year and then delete the channel (hence the name Unus Annus, Latin for One Year).

Now that year has passed and the creators of the channel Markiplier (Mark) and Crankplaysgames (Ethan) have done what they set out to do. They uploaded over 365 videos to the channel and on the 13th-14th of November 2020 they did a 12 hour livestream with Marks partner Amy, and at the end of it, when the inevitable clock hit 00:00:00 they deleted the channel.

Each video was a mini-adventure, from running an assault course, making their own self deprivation tank, building a dog house, right up to trying out a pee sauna. It was this slice of weird happiness for the last year knowing these 3 people were bringing happiness to millions of viewers.

And now? Well, it’s all over and it’s… just difficult knowing that it’s over. Yes, they are still around making content but, for this past year, through all these awe full times, there was an Unus Annus video waiting to be watched everyday.

So, the main point of the channel was that we all have limited time, every second counts and the clock will eventually run out. Enjoy every moment you can while it lasts.

The channel inspired me to start jogging, to start intermittent fasting, to spend more time with my family and hope that my kids remember these years as fun.

With all this in mind, they’ve inspired me to start a Vlog, which I’m currently filming today. I’m starting a YouTube channel with a friend of more than 10 years. They’ve motivated me to start creating content and not waste the precious time I have.

My wife also, after seeing how sad I was yesterday, woke me up to some presents.

I hope some day to inspire my kids to go do something fun and amazing! To live their lives to the fullest and be happy.

Memento Mori

Chapter 55: Studying

Time is something we can never get back and lately, I’ve felt as if I’ve been wasting a lot of my youth and my future.

I met my wife over 10 years ago and when we first started dating, we had hopes, dreams, plans etc. Most of the things we wanted just never happened and with kids in our lives, we probably won’t do for another 15-20 years.

I’ve talked about it before but for year’s I’ve wanted to write and direct a film. It’s probably not going to be any good, I just want to make one. I took a few steps, wrote a few scripts, bought a decent mic and about 6 months ago bought a camera. But I just never put the effort into actually doing it.

Well, I’m 33 and I’m going to start taking my first real steps into filming an indie movie. I’m taking an online course about scriptwriting, I’ve bought audiobooks to help. I’m giving my self 2 years to save money and film something.

I’ll talk more about what I’m learning and how things are coming along.

Until next time!

Chapter 54: Late Blogtober!

It’s been a while so I figured, hey it’s Blogtober so why not start posting again?

I don’t really remember too much of what I talked about over the last few posts so I’m just going to do a massive update.

So, I finally managed to finish my 40 hours of teacher training for becoming a driving instructor. I’m now at the point of looking for a car and insurance and then I can start teaching which in excited and nervous about.

My son turned 1 and has developed one hell of a cheeky attitude. He loves to steal our seats if we get up, rushing over, laughing and climbing up until he’s sitting where we sat. He also has a thing for butting my wife/his mum? He very rarely bites anyone else, just her.

My daughter is back at school through all this current madness but, she is being safe and careful. Every day I get home she shows me a book slowly filling up with stickers she has earned at school. It’s adorable.

My wife’s fibromyalgia has gotten worse but, the stress at the moment is high for us all. Usually, as soon as I get home, I take the kids so she can rest and work on her crafting business.

That’s the update for now!

Until next time!

Chapter 53: A long time

Good actual evening!

It’s been awhile since I last posted… Months in fact. I’ve spent about 8 weeks trying to convince myself to write about anything but there has been zero motivation. Well, I’m here now so let’s see how things go eh?

Since the start of the lockdown here in good old England, I’ve had about 4 weeks off due to COVID-19. My wife and I have had a mixture of the symptoms but thankfully nothing serious. We have both recovered and healthy. My kids haven’t shown any of the symptoms either which I feel extremely lucky for.

I have had another 2 weeks off of work thanks to a tooth abscess but I’m returning back to work tomorrow. It feels like I wasted all of this time off though. There are a bucket load of photos and videos online of families building sheds or wendy houses and all I’ve done is lounge around.

I spent almost every day looking after my kids but I feel that I didn’t spend enough time with them. I didn’t spend enough time writing or streaming or podcasting. I hate my laziness. I’m really going to push harder to spend time with them and be more productive. I guess only time will tell.

Yours dejectedly,

Some Hero Dad