My name is Dave Meehan. I am 43 years old and live with my partner Melanie in the UK.
I am self-employed, and would call myself a technologist. That is, I’ve always worked in the computer business, principally as a software developer, but always had a keen interest in finding out how things work and how they can be useful to others. My business therefore encompasses software development, website design and development, graphic design and IT support for both small businesses and home users.
I guess my mid-life crisis started a year or two ago with an intense desire to minimalise my life (I call it a ‘mid-life crisis‘ because I think we all go through it sometime, where we question our place in the world and the purpose of our existence). I realised that I had lots of possessions, house, land, cars, gadgets, etc. and no time at all to enjoy it.
I’ve begun a process of de-cluttering and am trying to live with less, consume less, and find freedom with the simpler things in life.
I plan to spend less time ‘working’ and much more time ‘living’ through new experiences. This blog is my story.
I’ve come to believe that getting through life is all about experiences. It would be very easy to think that life is a complete chore if all you do all the time is work just to survive. Getting the work/life balance right is definitely the first step to ensuring that you live an enjoyable and comfortable life, one that you can look back on and say that you have enjoyed.
For me, the last few years have on the face of it become a little more mundane, as I’ve worked more hours for less money than I might have done at other times. That has not stopped me from doing other things that I can look on as accomplishments that have gone a long way to enrich my life.
It’s perhaps taken me longer than it might have done to come to the realisation that experiences are a key to an enjoyable life, but perhaps only because I’ve been busy enjoying life!
What Makes Me Tick
One thing I have learnt over the years is that I’ve always had a love of learning. Discovering about new things, taking on new skills, and allowing other people to develop their potential have always been key to my approach to life. The downside is that I’m not always good a staying involved for the long term, but if something takes my fancy I am always inclined to give it 110% to make things happen.
My Life So Far
- Left school at 15 (due to my birthday falling late in the school year)
- Self taught in software development whilst doing regular 9-5 office jobs
- Started a software development business with 3 colleagues at the age of 19
- Found a niche for a software product that resulted in sales of $1.5m over a 15 year lifetime (I did not receive the revenue!)
- Got involved with amateur drama for a hobby, learnt DIY skills whilst set building, successfully stage managed and directed award winning productions
- Sold the business in 1995, worked the corporate life for a couple of years and then went self-employed
- Learnt to Ski
- Learnt web design and development
- Travelled for 7 weeks in Australia and New Zealand
- Self-built our own house extension, outbuildings etc. learning all the necessary skills along the way
- Yacht sailing in Whitsunday Islands, Seychelles, and Mediterranean
- Led a successful compaign to secure early installation of Broadband for the local community
- Helped start a community radio station, leading the technical implementation, automated programme scheduling etc.
- Designed visitor guides and website for local Arts Festival including administration of exhibitors
- Learnt how to grow vegetables
- Took up cycling covering 1,000 miles in the first 6 months
- Learnt iOS (iPhone/iPad) development
- Cycle 1,000 miles in a single tour
Goals for the Future
These are few of the things that I know I would like to do in the coming years.
- Make daily life an adventure, become an ‘explorer’ of the world we live in
- Publish an eBook
- Develop and Launch an iOS app
- Develop a location-independant business
- Continue cycle touring, maybe worldwide
- Learn a second language
- Learn how to cook intuitively