2018 has been full of highs and lows, with many about to influence my 2019 and how I’m going to approach it.
As this is my last post of 2018, I want to share a bit more about me.
What a Twitter poll taught me
I posted a poll on Twitter a little while ago, and I was surprised by the results. The questions focused on who I am and was a test to see how well my followers know me.
Thing is, ‘The story of John Sennett’ has grown massively this year. In one way, I’m shocked by the results, and in another way, I’m not.
When your blog grows, you might have to repeat things to give your readers the opportunity to get to know you. My 2019 will be shaped around this.
It will be different. There’s stories I’m still yet to tell and they’ll be shared in 2019. 2019 is set to be deeper, more personal and a real insight into what’s influenced my life and shaped me to be the person I am today.
Who am I?
Born on Valentine’s Day 1992, I was brought up in Southampton within a family of 5. My 2 sisters are both older; 13 and 14 years older. I’m the baby of our family.
The Sennett’s are a British family, mainly based on the south coast of the UK and recently, I moved to Leicester with my girlfriend, setting up a new life for us both (You can read my post about leaving Southampton here and how I’ve settled in Leicester since moving in the Summer here).
Some things you may not know about me
When I was a child, I struggled with my speech. I had a speech therapist. W’s, R’s, and Y’s were hard for me. My pronunciation was off. I attended a speech school once a week to receive the help I needed.
Growing up, I felt lonely. I would make friends really quick, but would lose them even quicker.
My first relationship was when I was 21. I didn’t feel good about myself. I hated my body. I felt I couldn’t love someone else until I learned to love myself.
I made the decision before my first relationship to shave my hair. I had a receding hairline from the age of 16, and it massively knocked my confidence. Shaving my hair made me feel free. It helped me to learn to love the person inside and ultimately love what I saw in the mirror.
It took a lot of time. I was a promising athlete growing up. I was being watched by the local professional football team, had a number of trials across the UK, and were also in talks for a USA scholarship, after running a 10.8 second 100m (in training); which would rank me 3rd in the UK at Under 18 level.
Telling one thing at a time
2019 is the time to tell my story in more depth.
2019 is going to be the year I tell my story in a book format. Each blog post will carry on from the last and will be told in chapters. I’ll be breaking down each life moment/experience for you to not only read about what happened, but to feel you were there with me.
I love writing with emotion, and that’s going to be carrying on. I want to write from the heart. I want you to get to know who I am and I’ll be using my personality to help me do so.
What my personality has helped me to achieve
I couldn’t finish this blog post without telling you about some stuff I’m proud about.
As I’m off for the next few weeks (no blog content, emails or social media posts), I want to leave you inspired and excited to learn more about me and my story.
- In 2015, I set a world record for the most people in a Rounders match. I was the organiser of the record.
- Earlier this year, I battled the wind, rain and snow and completed 21 marathons in a wheelchair in as many days.
- A few weeks later, I lifted 100,000kg over the course of 10 hours.
Physical things I’m incredibly proud of, especially as they were for charity (besides the world record), but this year’s highlight has to be continuing to open up and to be myself.
I said it in my last post, and I’ll say it again…
Thank you to everyone who has read a blog post, interacted with me on social media and continued to follow my story this year.
Having so many people following my story is an incredible feeling and a feeling I’ll be using to push myself more in 2019 and to create an open space for all to share their story.
I am now signing out until Sunday 6th January.
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy new year, and I’ll see you all on the 6th, with what will be the year of ‘The story of John Sennett’.
Images taken by Tajinder Kaur