9th January 1971
Yes, everyone, today is my 51st birthday. I came into this world at 2 am, 51 years ago at National Women’s Hospital, Auckland on 9 January 1971. My mother is Kitty, and my father is Harvey. A month later I was baptised Pare Turei Patrick Noble at St Peters Anglican Church, Onehunga – Auckland. Most people call me Paddy and some others call me Pare.
My grandparents are my God Parents, (the late Reverend Wiremu and Mihikotukutuku Henare.) My grandparents came to spend time with my parents in Auckland just before I was born.
Milestones of Life
The milestones in my life are many amidst the difficulties, successes, celebrations, and challenging times. One day, I’d like to write more about those milestones and reflect upon them in a book in the future. One of the many milestones I set out to achieve for myself. 🙂
Milestones for my 51st Birthday in 2022
Here are three things that define me moving forward today reflecting on my 51st birthday, summed up in the following:
My health takes priority over everything else. Without my health, everything else cannot happen. I’ve had a rocky relationship with my health since 2008. I’m dedicating an important section of my blog to this topic for this year. Where I will create an online journal documenting personal thoughts about health and life in general. My health is a fusion of cardiac complications, diabetes, mental health and so many other things. I plan to talk more about this in another blog post dedicated to my health journey.
Nonetheless, I’m happy to say my health has improved tremendously with the best support from whanau (family), friends and healthcare. My Doctor (Dr Jun Camero), district Nurse (Rachel Ferkins) from Three Rivers Health, alongside heart specialists (Gisborne Hospital) and diabetic nurses (Midland Health), have been responsible for guiding me to better health journey. They are amazing people and have become some of the most important people in my life alongside family and friends. I will be forever grateful for these people and the work they do.
A crucial factor in my health, besides doing all the right things, is having the right attitude in life. Learning to get perspective of everything. Knowing when to step back and see the bigger picture with the mindset of gratitude, faith, and optimism. And take charge of your life and health in small steps. Going at your time and pace at the same time. And not making excuses for yourself in your downfalls. I try to let others who work through their obstacles inspire me as much as I can. So, I can work through the same process in my times of challenges and struggles. Therefore, the right attitude, gratefulness, faith and mindfulness is important to have around personal health.
My blog is paddytalks.com. I first started blogging as a hobby in 2005 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I was inspired by one of the prominent Cambodian bloggers khmerbird.com. He helped me get some perspective as a blogger and content writer. He has a successful business and online blog following because of his consistency in blogging believing in what he does.
This time last year (10 pm NZT) January 2020 I launched my blog streaming it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I managed to amass a good email subscription and a following of people from Asia and the Pacific. My goal is to grow this following to 1000 subscriptions. And develop the content material building its e-commerce section of the blog. Furthermore, one of my dreams is to teach blogging to people who have never really understood what blogging is. And how blogging can help people project their voices.
My blogging journey has allowed me a voice amid layers of other voices. My blog helps me navigate the intricacies of life’s dynamics particularly when people see me from a lens of prejudices. Marring their view of who I am.
I’ve had to navigate through people’s hate towards me in so many instances leaving me voiceless. And in some ways, this still happens. I guess blogging is a positive platform to project and assert our voices and position used in the right context and attitude.
Without faith, the previous two things on my birthday will not have a foundation to help me grow. My faith isn’t just the church but with the way, I unpack it all to find meaning.
For example, watching my mother work in the garden is like watching a world diverse in layers upon layers. There is a remarkable story there just talking with my mother in the garden. What I see is my mother’s story, my family’s story, and the story of so many others. It is a story of love, heartbreak, pain, happiness, sadness, success, anger, hate, hurt and failures. Yet, from this alone, we can unpack things to improve ourselves and see that life is better than we think. Therefore, I’d like to be more mindful of my faith. It is in this mindfulness that I see my faith and theology growing.
Breathing in, I know Mother Earth is in me. Breathing out, I know Mother Earth is in me.Thich Nhat Hanh