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Mandela

Dreams/Ambitions/Aspirations/Goals

I was just wondering if MS has hindered anyone from pursuing their dreams, their goals in life, their ambitions, their aspirations, or just made you rethink how you are going to get where you want to go. Or has it made you grab the bull by the horns and pursue your dreams vigorously? I have experienced a little of both. On the one hand, I am reluctant to do certain things due to the stress that comes with it i.e. career wise. On the other hand-it has reignited my passion for life, I now pursue my dreams without fear of failure-I encourage you all to do the same-Be happy and go and get what you want out of life:) I mean, who does this MS think it is????? Waltzing in here trying to take over our lives, trying to control our brains, telling us how to move, how not to move, what to feel, clouding our minds, taking over our sight!!!!!!! What is wrong with you MS??? What did we ever do? I know what it is, it's cause we're special, it's cause we're awesome, it's cause we rock so hard, we make the band 'KISS' look like clowns who have optic neuritis when applying their make-up. Take that? Take this! MS: Choose your next words carefully warriors,they may be your last as Kings and Queens. Narrator: The eyes of the warriors show no fear, as the wind sweeps across the faces of bravery, staring at the sun as it brings a warmth to their faces, a feeling of hope, a feeling of strength (natural vitamin D folks lol)Our loved ones look on with a true belief, they know the warriors have within, an immovable core of faith, MS won't bring them down, not today The warriors make a slight whisper.... Warriors: Air and water(whispered to themselves) Narrator: The Warriors draw swords on MS, they force them to the edge of a bottomless pit of no return. MS: Mad warriors, you're mad warriors! Warriors: Air and water, and you'll find plenty of both down there! MS: Male or Female, no warrior threatens MS! Warriors: You bring the destroyed(temporarily)hopes and dreams of our people to our city's steps, you insult our Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses, You threaten my people with disability and death. Oh I've chosen my words carefully MS, perhaps you should have done the same! MS: This is blasphemy, this is madness! Narrator: Warriors and MS stare intensely at each other for a few seconds. Warriors look at their loved ones for approval to kick MS' ass. Loved ones give the nod of approval(at this point the audience are rubbing their hands in anticipation of the beat down that is undoubtedly about to occur-MS won't know what hit it) Warriors turn back to face MS.... Warriors: Madness?.....(Shouted with an air of Victory)..THIS IS SPARTAAAAAAAAA Narrator: Warriors kick MS into the bottomless pit, never to return again, their lives will from this point onwards be unprogressive and relapse free-all will return to its natural order. MS: (squeaky mouse voice, crying) oh no help me, why can't I win I used to rule peoples lives, now they are beating me, they are winning Warriors:Winning you say MS, no, not winning, we have WON!!!! THE END Brothers and Sisters with MS, fight for your health, we can do it! MS chose the wrong guy to mess with, I am a man of peace, but I will make an exception with this Multiple Sclerosis-see, it's a coward, doesn't fight fairly, needs more than one lesion to take us on lol. Peace and Love

ks

@ks

Hey Mandela! When I was first diagnosed, I did think that was it for me, my life is just going to be run by MS and not by me!! I even remember crying in the nurses office when she was telling me about DMDs, saying 'but i want to move to London'...as if they dont have hospitals there?! Anyway to cut a long story short, I was in my final year of my Jewellery and Metal Design Honours Degree and used my MS experiences as inspiration for my Degree Show collection which came with a great response and 3 months later I was living in London!! :-D So people keep striving for your dreams, I know MS can make us doubt our abilities but I think there is always a little loop hole that we can find to help us around the difficult times! xxx

Mererid

@Mererid

Nice post <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/Mandela/' rel='nofollow'>@Mandela</a> and nice piece of writing too. I can imagine that script as a comic-strip or a graphic novel. Keep writing - you're ace at it! Hey, I know we've talked a bit about this already, but I'll share on here too. Hopes and dreams - well, it would be a dream to stop worrying about what I should be doing career-wise as I think primary teaching's tough on some MSers, depending on how MS affects the individual. Goal: Writing for me too. Getting to the end of my children's novel (or just to the middle would be an achievement just now). Getting some picture books published. Enjoying life. Having friends and family to hang out with. Laughing. Making people laugh. Being able to listen and empathise. Learning how much to share with others and how much to hold back, regarding MS. Learn how to ride and navigate the waves (not literally). :-) x

Mandela

@Mandela

<a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/K/' rel='nofollow'>@k</a>*s- Congrats on the degree:) What a great way to use your experience to influence your jewellery collection. Would love to see your collection!!! I know that with your personality, there's bound to be an uplifting element to your jewellery:) Peace <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mererid/' rel='nofollow'>@Mererid</a>- Thanks so much for your kind words, you're far too kind:) I can't take all the credit, the movie '300' had a lil something to do with it lol. Yep, from our convo's I know you will achieve your goals. I think that's key, actually having goals, something to aim for and knowing the steps to take in order to get there. You seem to be riding the waves like a pro surfer- radical <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mererid/' rel='nofollow'>@Mererid</a>

ks

@ks

Aw thanks <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/Mandela/' rel='nofollow'>@Mandela</a>! Ahahaaa my work was for the catwalk, so its bit out there! You can see it on my website www.kirstystevens.com Please excuse the old fashioned out dated website, i aint updated it much since I graduated really! Enjoy!! xxx

Mandela

@Mandela

<a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/K/' rel='nofollow'>@k</a>*s I had a look at your site-never mind it being old fashioned, I was right, it's a nice collection!(from what I saw) I know there aren't that many pieces to look at, but I like what I saw :)Is the kind of reindeer design yours? Did you actually come up with that design? If so you are a trendsetter!(Even if you didn't I'm sure you still are-cool/quirky personality and all :) ) <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/K/' rel='nofollow'>@k</a>*s-dope designer x

ks

@ks

Thanks <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/Mandela/' rel='nofollow'>@Mandela</a>! Ahahaha for a second I thought 'What?! my jewellery looks like a reindeer?!' :P but I get ya, the print on the t-shirt! Na I didnt design that, I cant mind the designer but its pretty cool huh! I want to get back into making with precious metals n all that jazz, pretty, sellable pieces but still with that 'quirky' edge!! 2013 is gonna be my year, no more waiting for things to happen im gonna make em happen! :-D xxx

Mandela

@Mandela

Damn right 2013 is gonna be your year!I'm absolutely loving the superman inspired theme-why wouldn't you be inspired by that <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/K/' rel='nofollow'>@k</a>*s?..... After all, you are super :)(Sorry bout the confusion, I ran a bit off course with the whole runway theme, thought you designed everything, clothes and jewellery lol) Your jewellery would suit a store like Urban Outfitters-and Topshop/Topman. Definitely check them out. I would define your style or those pieces at least, as chic modern/graffiti inspired also. I predict great things for you-2013 and beyond! I think those pieces definitely reflect what's going on now with the youth movement and also the sexy quirky style of many ladies. Also, I said Topman because they will look awesome with male tops-plain T's and such, and Urban Outfitters because of the modern urban feel of the piece. (Sorry, I'm coming off as a right fashion critic here and I don't even know if I'm making any sense, but I shop in those stores and really think your stuff will do well there-please forgive my public critique :) ) I'm just wondering here, when oh when did I become so into fashion, to go as far as to tell a designer where to sell her product???? Well now, I can say that I surprised myself today lol. Loved your slogan on your site too-inspiring and catchy :) I so believe you when you say no more waiting for things to happen, your gonna make em happen!-Go get em <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/K/' rel='nofollow'>@k</a>*s...go get em Peace xxx

ks

@ks

Heck yeah it is! Ahahaa its cool, the runway stuff was just the MS inspired shizz! But I could design clothes too! :-P Yeah I too love those store, especially Urban Outfitters! yeah when I made the collection for Peaches n Scream thats where I thought they could sell great at Toppers n U.O!! Peaches and scream was soooo cool, like a mini Urban Outfitters! Aw na dont apologise, its great to hear what the 'paying public' have to say about my work! ;-) Woo thanks @Mandela....feeling tres inspired! Watch this space!! xxxx p.s what are your aspirations and ambitions?! xx

mschronic

@mschronic

Hi <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/Mandela/' rel='nofollow'>@Mandela</a> I wanna complete my novel and earn an income from writing full time. When I write my MS is a distant memory and I don't worry about the lethargy. I'm like an energiser bunny (until I stop and realise how tired I am that is). Thanks for the uplifting entries guys I feel like I can conquer the world. <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/K/' rel='nofollow'>@K</a>*S Your jewellery is amazing! I love your MS inspired collection. xxx

Mererid

@Mererid

<a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/Mandela/' rel='nofollow'>@mandela</a> <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/K/' rel='nofollow'>@k</a>*s <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mschronic/' rel='nofollow'>@mschronic</a> You're all so creative! This has been a lovely post. I'd like to hear more stories of people's hopes and dreams now. It's given me a taste! I'm sure there are more people on Shift with inspiring thoughts and ambitions, would be good to hear from others too.. xx

ks

@ks

You are too missy <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mererid/' rel='nofollow'>@Mererid</a>!! But thank you! Im gonna get super creative today...and make christmas cards!! :-P Wow <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mschronic/' rel='nofollow'>@mschronic</a> that is brilliant, I would love to be able to write and write well! What is ur novel about? Thanks very much, its great to hear that from fellow MSers! While I was designing and making them, my class where asking more and more questions about MS and what each piece represented, which was great as before it was something that nobody mentioned including me! :-D Yeah, who knew MSers were so creative!? I agree, it would be great to hear stories from more creative MSers!! Great post <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/Mandela/' rel='nofollow'>@Mandela</a> xx

pottypete

@pottypete

I want to regain my creative ambitions. I used to be very arty. I painted watercolours and pastels and am proud that some of my works adorn walls across many parts of the globe. I'm hoping that when I next move, I can have my own studio in my house, so I can once again try to put my thoughts into works of art.

ks

@ks

Hi <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/pottypete/' rel='nofollow'>@pottypete</a>, thats amazing having your work all around the globe! You need to get back into it, you sound too talented not to!! Aw a studio at home would be amazing, im currently on the hunt for a workshop space for next year! Hope u get creative soon! xx

oskar

@oskar

hey, Mandela, i just read your piece - i'm not arty but i go with the 'not beaten' idea. k'm having an awful time at work in a job i thoroughtly enjoy(ed) for the last 20 years. however, i have a much keaner eye on 'stuff' i.e. not work. my artistic bent is, unfortunately, playing drums. it is, needless to say, a tad more difficult now, but i persevere having adapted my style. yes, i agree - DON'T GIVE UP/IN

oskar

@oskar

i meant to mention Wayne Dobson - a work colleague, who is also a magician, told me about Wayne Dobson, a successful magician who was diagnosed with MS but used it to his advantage in his magic performances. i've not seen him myself, but i'm sure he's up there somewhere.

Mandela

@Mandela

<a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/K/' rel='nofollow'>@k</a>*s- no prob, glad to hear that you are inspired! I will mos def look out for your brand new collection-no pressure of course :) but I know you're gonna continue to do great things. What are my aspirations and ambitions you ask? Well now, where do I start? I have many dreams and goals in life. I have very similar ambitions to <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mschronic/' rel='nofollow'>@mschronic</a> and <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mererid/' rel='nofollow'>@mererid</a>- I would absolutely love to be a full-time writer. Ever since I was in high school, I used to love writing stories. My friend from primary school days also reminded me recently that I used to love writing stories back then too. So it has always been on my agenda, but for some reason I have never been able to focus my energy on completing any of my writing. My MS has now motivated me to complete my work and try to accomplish my goals. I seemed to be getting in my own way,and I couldn't figure out why. I am a strong believer in fate however, I think everything happens for a reason, even if we cannot fathom the acts that take place in our lives. I was discussing this with my dear friend <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mererid/' rel='nofollow'>@Mererid</a>. I spoke of omens, and learning how to decipher them and how they could impact your life. I believe that this site and the people on it, I have met for a positive purpose. You have done nothing but illuminated my thoughts <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/K/' rel='nofollow'>@k</a>*s/<a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mererid/' rel='nofollow'>@mererid</a> and others, and for that, I thank you. The world needs positive people, and to have people like yourselves in it, means that with all the evil that is going on in this world, there is still hope, hope of a magnificent magnitude. <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mschronic/' rel='nofollow'>@mschronic</a>- Hi there, I wish you the best of luck with completing your novel. I too am an aspiring writer, quite a novice, however these ideas in my head must be there for a reason. For me it has been quite hard to focus, but now I am buckling down and just going for it? How about you? <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/pottypete/' rel='nofollow'>@pottypete</a>- grace us with your work once more- we could have seen your work and not know that this is the work of shiftms' very own pottypete :) <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/oskar/' rel='nofollow'>@oskar</a>- Sorry to hear about your rough times with your job. Great to hear that you are persevering to play your drums...rock on, way to go! Thanks for telling us all about Wayne Dobson-I googled his name and found some info. I have heard of a few celebs with ms namely-Montel Williams, Richard Pryor(deceased rip), Ann Romney and more recently Jack Osbourne-There are many others though. I think it's so important for everyone to keep their brains active, especially people with ms. We should all have a hobby and do as much as we can. Enjoy life wonderful people, each day is a blessing, Peace and Love to you all beautiful spirited ones-peace and love

Mererid

@Mererid

<a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/pottypete/' rel='nofollow'>@pottypete</a> Wow, you should defo get back into your art. We'd love to see your work! Is there anyway you could show us some or have you given them all away/sold them? You could take a photo of one of your pieces perhaps if there's one kicking about. Your photos are ace too. Do you sketch too? <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/K/' rel='nofollow'>@k</a>*s Hope you find a studio! My friend has a studio somewhere in London that she uses on a part-time basis, I can ask her for some info/tips. How did your Xmas card-making go yesterday? <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mschronic/' rel='nofollow'>@mschronic</a> It seems like <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/Mandela/' rel='nofollow'>@Mandela</a>, you and I have similar aspirations. There's nothing I would like more than to get a book published. I've had articles and reviews published, but never a book. I'm working to rectify that. I know exactly what you mean about getting absorbed in an activity that you love. It makes you forget about everything else for a bit. I think they call it 'getting into your flow'. As the awsome <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/Mandela/' rel='nofollow'>@Mandela</a> says, however, it's hard to motivate oneself sometimes but MS has given me a bit of a push to get writing and get some work sent off. And...to quote Primo Levi... 'If Not Now, When?' <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/Mandela/' rel='nofollow'>@Mandela</a> You cheered me up again with your positive demeanour on here. You were meant to be a writer, Mandela, and by what I've read, you definitely have a natural feel for storytelling and words. Nice new profile pic too! Hey <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/Mandela/' rel='nofollow'>@Mandela</a> <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mschronic/' rel='nofollow'>@mschronic</a> - have you ever done a writing course or been to a writing club or anything? I always wonder how much these things help. My first degree's in Theatre Arts, but I specialised in Arts Journalism for the last two years so I got some good opportunities and guidance then, but I'd like to develop my fiction writing now. I find that not having a strict word-count and a deadline make it hard for me to motivate myself. Any tips welcome! <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/oskar/' rel='nofollow'>@oskar</a> - do you play in a band? You're right not to give up/in. I bet playing drums is uplifting. It's a work-out in itself. Music keeps me going too. Mostly listening to music, but also singing/playing piano if I can muster up the energy! Smiles ;-)

oskar

@oskar

Yes, I am in a band and we're about to release an album recorded over 4 years 2005-8. What bothers me is, we'd normally be expected to 'tour' a new album - I no longer have the strength to play a half hour gig nor can I play the best part of these songs anymore. Furthermore, listening to the recordings, I hear what I could do years ago and I remember each of the recording sessions. It is, as I said to a mate, like looking through old photographs of holidays with a lost love :(

Mererid

@Mererid

<a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/oskar/' rel='nofollow'>@oskar</a> Considering that you're battling with MS, I would consider releasing an album as a pretty major achievement. Listening back to the songs you recorded between 2005-08 and hearing what you used to be able to do must be tough though, a bit like going through a grieving process. But you must be proud of what you've achieved so far. Not everyone releases records! If it's any consolation, I used to be in a band about ten years ago and we recorded a CD - not for sale or anything, but because we knew that the band members were going their separate ways, disappearing all over the world. We recorded the CD as a memento and I still feel sad for those days gone by because they were probably the happiest I've been, and I don't think there's any chance I would be able to play like that now, or even have the confidence to. BUT I'm incredibly proud of the fact that we did it and it would have been awful to let those songs die out (this was before the days of youtube, soundcloud, MySpace etc). I also enjoy listening to the CD (mostly when I've had too much to drink) and transport myself back to that very happy time. It makes me smile. You might not be able to tour the album, but are there any other things you can do? Guest appearances at some events, playing a couple of songs, or as part of a bigger night with lots of bands playing? Pre-recording (gasp!) some beats? I don't know - just throwing out ideas here, but worth thinking about ways around things. Oh, BTW, what kind of music do you play, what's your band called and is there anywhere I can listen to you online? If not, I'll eagerly await the album! As far as those old photographs of holidays with a lost love - to (mis)quote Orange Juice, 'rip em up and start again'! Well, maybe not, but you get my gist. Keep building on your strengths! Mer ;-) x

Moshy

@Moshy

I play guitar in a band. My ambition is to keep up doing the thing I love for a whole lot longer! Here is a clip of me so ill in the start of the year that I literally couldn't balance/walk so had to sit down to play: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMZMX3fOqrY This is me a few weeks ago rocking out at a local battle of the bands (we came 2nd overall!!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF6QMDuenPo Never let MS get in the way of your dreams. You will find a way if you really want it :)

Mererid

@Mererid

Nice one <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/moshy/' rel='nofollow'>@Moshy</a>, I like it! Like the rock/metal/slight punk crossover. I actually think the band looks really good with you sitting down. It adds a certain 'don't care' element, especially as it's in such a juxtapostition with your lead. It's like Ying/Yang, nice balance. Gets boring if everyone's doing the same thing. Well done for doing so well in the battle too! You're a great musician. x

oskar

@oskar

this is us in July 2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SANKkc8pSRY and in June 2008, when i was, unknowingly, going through a relapse http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u5gl8g4SGw

oskar

@oskar

one other thing - how do you attach @name? or does it do it automatically?

Mererid

@Mererid

Love it <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/oskar/' rel='nofollow'>@oskar</a>. You played Indietracks, I see. I've never been but I have a few friends who go religiously every year. Where are you based then? I like the low voice, a bit Tindersticks but with a better drumbeat and a bit more go, I guess. You have a very 'Glasgow' sound about you, if you know what I mean. I lived there for many years. I feel like I should put some recordings up now, but they're nowhere near as professional as yours <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/oskar/' rel='nofollow'>@oskar</a> and <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/moshy/' rel='nofollow'>@Moshy</a>!

Mererid

@Mererid

oh, you just do @ followed by the name and it does it for you. Apart from the times you spell the name wrong like I've done many a time then it doesn't put a line under.

Moshy

@Moshy

Go on <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mererid/' rel='nofollow'>@Mererid</a>! We wanna hear some of your stuff now :)

oskar

@oskar

i played at 13th note café twice - 1st time i was, er, so drunk i couldn't actually play, so they got some equally drunk heavy metaller out of the audience - 2nd time, the audience were expecting the same and were disappointed when we were quite together ;) we've also played a couple of other places in Glasgow, but i'm not sure where - i know one was a disaster and the other was an unexpected success after staying up drinking til sunrise in Edinburgh

oskar

@oskar

oh, and thank you <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mererid/' rel='nofollow'>@mererid</a> - we were based in Nottingham, but now the band is dispersed - 2 in Brighton and 3 in Nottingham. We 3 go to Indietracks often, but I'm not entirely sure why I go, cos it's awful - good beer though. To bring MS back into it, I was at Inditracks, as a punter when I was having my big relapse leading to diagnosis - when I've been back, that memory hasn't left me.

oskar

@oskar

I know I'm going on, but I'd like to know <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/moshy/' rel='nofollow'>@Moshy</a>, does playing and needing to perform not add to stress and increase the likelihood of you getting tired? I spotted tht you were sitting down for the earlier performance, but standing at the most recent.

Mererid

@Mererid

Think we sound quite different to your bands <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/moshy/' rel='nofollow'>@Moshy</a> and <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/oskar/' rel='nofollow'>@oskar</a> and nowhere as polished. We were quite a shouty, chanty, dishevelled punk-pop band with keyboard and guitar, early 2000s era. A bit more like The Fall than anything else, I think. I played keys. We were more of a 'live' band than a recording band, just having fun at gigs and parties. http://yayus.bandcamp.com/track/yay-us-know-where-theyre-from Here's another. http://yayus.bandcamp.com/track/throw-down-your-crutches If you click on these links, they'll take you to the whole album, if you're that way inclined! ;-) x

Mererid

@Mererid

<a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/oskar/' rel='nofollow'>@oskar</a> I used to love the 13th Note! Just goes to show the audience 'expects' you to be worse for wear, and I don't think I ever played a gig sober. Ach, the good ol' times eh. Yep, it's very easy to stay up in Edinburgh until the light shines through your window. Never been to Notts but heard good stuff. Haha, yeah, Indietracks is probs a tiny bit too twee for me, but saying that, my mates have a great time at it and I should probably give it a go at some point. Isn't it a shame when memories of good times are tinged with memories of MS troubles. I went to a festival last December and spent the whole day Saturday ill with vertigo and sickness (and it most certainly wasn't a hangover). Still glad I went though, the Friday night was good. You gotta do these things, I guess! Oh I should say that even though that website says pay $5 to download or something, you can just listen free online. I'm not trying to make money from this site...! ;-)

oskar

@oskar

i liked that <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mererid/' rel='nofollow'>@Mererid</a> - the first tune was like early us and generally you sound like bands that play on our circuit. Have you ever heard of Fortuna pop? that's the label we were/are with - they have a good number of bands who sound like you.

oskar

@oskar

I liked that, meaning the tunes you put up

Mererid

@Mererid

aw thanks, <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/oskar/' rel='nofollow'>@oskar</a>. Not heard of Fortuna but will check them out just now. We were never signed or anything like that and we've all moved to different parts of the world now, so there's not much chance of getting back together. It was just us having a laugh, nothing serious. Still, good times. ;-)

oskar

@oskar

shame, I thought it had promise, but what would a drummer know about that ;)

Mererid

@Mererid

What's a band without a drummer eh? A choir. We would have loved to have been picked up 10 years ago, I guess, but we didn't really push ourselves enough. We never did get round to sending anything off to John Peel! Oh just seen the bands on your label <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/oskar/' rel='nofollow'>@oskar</a> - I know The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Herman Dune, Bearsuit, The Primitives, The Pipettes and Allo Darlin. Oh, and Darren Hayman, of course, I used to love Hefner. I've got a friend who is really really big into that kind of music, I'm sure he would know your band too. Anyway, bit worried that I'm hijacking <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/Mandela/' rel='nofollow'>@Mandela</a>'s lovely post just now, so should sign off. Here's to MS and creativity! X

oskar

@oskar

one last word <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/mererid/' rel='nofollow'>@mererid</a> though - we played at back packers hostel, i think, in Edinburgh on tour with with Bearsuit the night we stayed up drinking all night before the surprisingly good gig in Glasgow

Mererid

@Mererid

I used to live a few streets away from the Backpackers. Staying up all night drinking under the Embra sky (and then going to work the next day - before I became a teacher, I should point out!). I didn't have MS then and I was full of life. It absolutely ruins me now when I drink too much or stand about in gigs, waiting for bands to come on. I'm all for seated venues now. ;-)

oskar

@oskar

i can't stand it when you can't see the floor - i'm dreading christmas eve - i said to a woman at work recently, whose partner has MS - if i have 2 pints, i'm wobbling and looking drunk, but despite being barely able to stand, i could still hold my own in rational conversation

oskar

@oskar

if you have Spotify, you can hear our 1st album and EP by looking at The Chemistry Experiment

Mererid

@Mererid

<a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/oskar/' rel='nofollow'>@oskar</a> I do indeed have Spotify and will listen to you. Thanks! <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/moshy/' rel='nofollow'>@moshy</a> - do you have any releases? x