10 Things You Don’t Know About Me | A Cure for Writer’s Block

Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Expect synchronicity, Ken's Blogs

10 Things You Don’t Know About Me | A Cure for Writer’s Block

I had writer’s block today. I couldn’t think of anything to write. So I went rummaging around my computer and found 4 or 5 blogs that I had started. Perfect, problem solved. Ready, set, go! Nope, not that easy. None of them caught my attention. Aaaarrgghh, I didn’t write much over the holidays, I should be fresh. I must have ideas to write about. Come on Kenny, this is supposed to be easy. Just start writing.

Still nothing. I came up with a few more topics. Nope, that one’s too much like another one I wrote 6 months ago. Save the idea for another day. Yup, that’s a good one. Go! Aaaarrghhh, frozen again. It has been so long since this has happened to me, I don’t know how to handle it. What will I do?

Idea!!!! I’m gonna go to FaceBook and post that I have writer’s block, someone will help me find an answer. So I did, and I got an answer. Actually I got two answers. A dear friend of mine (hi Christine) just went through a similar case of writer’s block. Christine Schwab and I have a lot in common and I love her writing and how she’s making a difference in the RA and JRA communities. Her response was simply to write about writer’s block. That helped her and I can already feel it helping me. Thanks Christine.

As I continued to browse around FaceBook, I noticed that two other friends and colleagues had written posts entitled “10 Things You Don’t Know About Me”. I loved it, so I came in and wrote the title. And here come those 10 things. To be honest, I don’t even know what they are yet, but I’m just going to write until I hit 10 things.

Before I do though, I want to highlight a message here. I could have easily stayed stuck for a long time. I took the simple task of asking for help and that did two things for me. First off, I was able to let it go as being my own sticky issue, and second of all, I realized that I have friends that are always there to help. Christine, Allison, and Nanine, thank you for being there for me.

Ok, here goes:

  1. When I was about 12 years old, I competed at the National level in 5-pin bowling. In the playdowns to determine who would be picked to play on the team, my 3-game total score was about 690 (an average of about 230 points per game). That’s very good for most people, even better for a 12 year old. When I got to the National competition, I learned we would be playing 4 games. My total score for four games was about 600 (an average of less than 150 points per game). Note to Self: don’t take yourself too seriously.
  2. When I was about 9 years old, I won a Hallowe’en competition for best dressed. My costume: Wendy the Witch. To this day, I have never again dressed up like a girl.
  3. I have pictures from my 30th, 40th, and 50th birthdays of me wearing nothing but a pair of boxers with a birthday pin indicating the year. For my 60th, it may not be boxers, it may be Depends. You’ll never see these on FaceBook.
  4. The day I got my driver’s license I was so excited that I drove to high school and offered two pretty girls a ride home. We closed the doors and I backed the car into the car beside me. ‘nuff said, don’t ask.
  5. I collect logo’ed golf balls from all of the golf courses that I play, and I have over 300 of them from Canada, the U.S. and around the world. Hey Allison, I played Tenison Park and lost that golf ball. There’s a space in my golf rack for when I get that one. Being slightly obsessive compulsive, they are in a particular order and all facing the same way. One of my friends comes over and shuffles them every once in a while. Can we feel me cringe when I think of her coming to visit?
  6. I once played nicky nicky nine door, where you put the bag full of poop on the front porch and light it on fire. I hope that person isn’t reading my blog and realizing that it was me that did that.
  7. I have a bit of a singing legacy. I once started singing Christmas carols on our local commuter train to see if I could get the entire train to join in. I was three quarters of the way through Jingle Bells before I realized that I was still alone. On a more upbeat note, there used to be a Canadian Tire commercial where the boy (named Albert) was buying hockey equipment and dreaming about the day he scored the big goal and the entire crowd was chanting “Albert, Albert”. I walked into a game at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto and tried to get the crowd to chant “Albert”. This one worked. It was awesome.
  8. I sang with Great Big Sea (some of you know this). Ok, I was at a fundraising concert where they were the entertainers. As I was a big fan, I was given the task of escorting them from place to place before the concert. While going up the back stage I started singing a song from their latest album at the time “I don’t want to go home”, and Alan Doyle chimed in. Would you argue with me? I have sung with Great Big Sea.
  9. In university, I once asked a girl to dance. At the end of the dance, I asked her name (that’s how we guys did it back then, wait until the end of the song to ask their name). She told me her name was Shindy. I thought that was cool and commented, “Oh, like Cindy with an ‘h’”. She said “no, like Shindy with a Shee”. I bet her mother would not have named her Cindy if she knew she was going to have a lisp. I have never felt so embarrassed in my life.
  10. I love single malt Scotch. I don’t drink it very often, but I have developed a bit of a nose for it.

So there you have it. I’ve shared 10 things about me that you didn’t know, and I no longer have writer’s block.

Hope this was good for a chuckle, a chortle, or an occasional guffaw. Have a great week!

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the Comments section below.


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Written by Ken

Ken Jaques describes himself as a Health Care Evolutionary, Community Builder, and Speaker. True healing begins when we treat root causes instead of just masking symptoms. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 2008, Ken has experienced many facets of the health care system. As “the only patient who ever lost their hair on this low of a dosage of chemotherapy” – as spoken by his rheumatologist – Ken has been on an amazing journal of self-discovery, a journey of true healing. In his blog, Ken shares stories of how his beliefs have changed over the past few years, and how they are still changing. Is it possible that our bodies can heal themselves? Do we really have to live without hope after we receive a chronic illness diagnosis? These are the types of questions that Ken encourages people to ask themselves as they embark on their own physical or emotional healing journey.

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  1. Ha ha ha ha ha! Brilliant Ken, thank you for the laugh and for sharing your block. Funny how when we change the energy around a block it shifts….

    You and I share a common experience (well, sort of). I went to see Great Big Sea in Camden London one time with friends and my girlfriend and I used to sing Meatloaf songs together when we were in our cups. She’s a beautiful soprano and I’m an alto and somehow we just fit. Anyway, some members of the band came over after their gig to see us cause they heard us singing in the crowd. Maybe Great Big Sea has that effect on people!

    Thanks for waking up a memory!

    Love n light

    A Mom On A Spiritual Journey

    • Love it, glad his made you chuckle. And I LOVE Great Big Sea, glad it woke up that memory too.

  2. Great read Ken….love them all especially the singing ones.
    Not sure what my 10 would be but you have given me something to consider.
    Enjoy your weekend. {Hugs}

    • Thanks Christine, and hugs back. Cheers, Ken

  3. That was good for a chuckle, chortle AND a guffaw!!! Great blog Ken! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Would have liked to be on that train during Jingle Bells. Those anecdotes are great. You could make a book out of ’em!

    • Thanks Pete,
      Great to hear from you, hope all is well.
      Cheers, Ken


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