Rob Who?

Kay and Rob (me)

The answer to Life, the Universe and Everything, according to the author Douglas Adams is, 42. If you don’t believe me, read his book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

My name is Rob Thompson. I live in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. That’s me on the right (with the cheesy smile) with my wife, Kay.

I turned 42 in 2012 and this triggered a large mid-life crisis. I’d achieved a lot:

  • I’d run several marathons,
  • completed triathlons (including an Ironman back in 2010),
  • had two great kids,
  • attained multiple degrees,
  • got married to a smashing, wonderful woman, and
  • had a career as opposed to just a job.

My Cat: Mavis (probably not a Stoic)

But the realization that I had fewer years ahead of me that behind me forced me to reflect on the meaning in my life. I started to question, just what matters. What can I do to make my remaining time on planet Earth the happiest possible?

In other words reaching 42 was a trigger for coming to terms with “me”. I needed to understand more about myself and possibly taking some new directions.

I also realised that a large body of work could help. After a few years of reading and reflection I found Stoic philosophy to make most sense. This blog is about my attempts to use this ancient wisdom in a practical way.

I’m not an expert but by writing on Prokopton I hope to keep myself accountable. I want to track my progress, construct a coherent world-view and give something back to wider community.

In some ways Prokopton is a self-indulgent blog. It’s full of things which I’m doing or thinking about which are important to my happiness on a personal level. These are things which are necessary for me to make sense of life and to enjoy it even more. But I’m sure that you’ll find that you can apply my musings in your life too. If you can, great.

Disclaimer

I’m not providing medical, legal, or other professional advice here, in no way does anything I write constitute it. Prokopton’s content does not replace, medical or psychiatric treatment. I’m not a professional so please seek qualified care.

As the psychologist Carl Jung said, mid-life is a time to listen deeply to your heart. Whether we plan for this or not, midlife can be a period of transition and reappraisal; more inner questioning can occur.

Thanks for joining me on my journey and good luck on your own.