Making the most of your day – Martin Peagam

Local radio presenter Martin Peagam chats digital skills, walking and lockdown...

Three years ago, I shared my thoughts with fellow Ageing Better Middlesbrough members at a get together.  

We discussed what we may be doing in the years ahead, so I suggested travelling, giving talks on local history, visiting family and friends, keeping fit and learning new skills. (All things I love doing) 

Fast forward to now, and the world is a very different place. I’ve not been able to travel, I no longer get to give talks in church halls and other lovely places, and I can’t do the research I was planning to do in my local library.  

Like everyone else, lockdown restrictions have transformed my life.  

It’s been challenging because I became a grandfather for the first time in late July. My grandson was born in Manchester, so I couldn’t go to see him. Apart from a few brief, precious moments, I have not been able to enjoy his first year.  

I have coped though…  because Covid 19 gave me a new focus, which I embraced.  

I have certainly learned new skills! I’m now great with Facebook, Zoom, WhatsApp, and Facetime too – which has meant I could see my grandson (All be it from a screen). I have also given many talks online, which has been a good substitute for the real thing.  

Walking and running has also kept me fit. You may recall in the last issue that I did a virtual walk from home – which was the equivalent distance of Lands’ End to John O’ Groats.  

I’m now attempting to walk 1 million steps from home. It’s a great way of raising funds for charities in different circumstances.  

The best thing though, is walking around early on a morning. It’s meant I’ve connected with nature, seen beautiful sun rises and experienced some lovely calming moments. It’s really refreshed my soul.  

My chat with fellow members 3 years ago has reminded me that the most precious commodity I possess is time. If we can’t do it today, we can do it soon.  

However, lockdown or no lockdown, make the most of every day. Learn new skills, keep your mind occupied, and keep your glass half full!  

Stay safe. 




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