How the Duke of Edinburgh Helped Me Recognise a Mid-Life Crisis of Faith

And why I’m seeking a more balanced life from now on.

Toby Hazlewood
Jan 13 · 9 min read

Clarity can come from unlikely places.

The new year is now upon us and with time to reflect and having enjoyed a month of relative leisure, I feel rejuvenated and ready to start 2021 with vigour.

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The flag’s flying — they’re home (Photo by Jean Carlo Emer on Unsplash)

A Question of Faith

My awakening came as we watched episode 7 of Season 3, entitled ‘Moon Dust’. It’s set around the time of the 1969 lunar landing — an event which it seems was of significant interest to the Duke of Edinburgh.

The answer lies within.

I’ve reached some of the most striking moments of clarity at times when I’ve encountered certain quotes or heard particular speeches whose words have echoed with my own thoughts and feelings. It would be pompous and self-important to think that such impact can only come from the words of history’s luminaries and greatest thinkers.

New Year, New Start

I’ve begun the year refreshed and enthusiastic about once again getting back to writing. I acknowledge though, a real need not to fall into the same trap as before — where I establish and then maintain impossible standards for myself against which I’m doomed to fail.

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