A Familiar Stranger is the website of author and speaker, Matthew Williams.
Matthew’s debut book, Something Changed: Stumbling Through Divorce, Dating & Depression, can be purchased in paperbook or ebook formats from Amazon, by clicking the link: Buy Something Changed here
Sometimes, shit happens.
Depression, divorce, dating disasters, having to take the kids to an Olly Murs concert… we’ve all been there. Well, maybe not; the specifics might change but one thing’s for sure, if you’re reading this you’ve dealt with some shit along the way. That’s life folks!
The thing about shit though, it’s a great fertiliser. In dealing with the shit in our lives we learn, we grow, we become better people. Sometimes, we become something we never imagined we could be.
That’s what happened to me. In the aftermath of divorce and depression I took to my tablet and I wrote. And I wrote. And I wrote some more. In fact, since starting to write in December 2015 I haven’t shut up. And now, I’m a published author. Who’d have thought?
Why do I write?
I write to make sense of things, to find meaning, to release the thoughts and emotions that swirl senselessly around my head, hoping that they reveal some clarity upon landing as words on the page.
By writing I hope to learn things about myself and about life that will make each new chapter in my life better than the one that went before it. I hope that my writing can help others along the way, to find their own meaning and to provide some food for thought, some comfort, and maybe some laughter too. I am particularly passionate about raising awareness of mental health, and doing my part to reduce the stigma that stops so many people from seeking help.
Shit happens, but if we look there’s usually something to make us smile amongst the mess; maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but one day we can find it, and if it’s proving hard to find then we can create it ourselves. Life’s always better when you’re smiling.
Thank you for dropping by, I’m pleased that you found your way here and I hope you stick around.
Very best wishes
Helter Skelter – The Beatles