Like the word ‘genius’, the term ‘life-changing’ gets thrown about way too easily and so often without merit.

My friend Adam posted something on his Facebook page today that conveyed the strict meaning of life changing. It was in reference to one of those “here’s something that happened on your Facebook Page ‘x’ years ago” prompts you sometimes get. Sometimes people go on a bit of a journey…

3 years ago, when I originally shared this video of my hack from the first Music Tech Fest on Facebook, I don’t think I had the slightest idea about how drastically my life was going to change thanks to the wheels that were now in motion (no pun intended).

This video was shot before my stroke, whilst I was still in my wheelchair and had not yet finished uni, and my current life is basically unrecognisable compared to that time.

Here we are, a few years later, and I’ve travelled the world and been at every instalment of MTF – as a participant for the first 2, and as tyrannical overlord of the Hack Camp for the remaining 7. I’ve visited more new countries in 2014 & 2015 than I did in the 24 years that came before them. I’ve met countless awesome new friends from around the world, and had some pretty wacky adventures too. Also, the mathematicians amongst you may have noticed that the next Music Tech Fest is going to be edition number 10… “MTF X” anybody?

Sometimes, when I speak to people whom I don’t get a chance to see very often, they tell me that they follow my online posts about the crazy adventure that my life has become. I recently heard Social Media described as “the art of presenting your life online in such a way that it appears to be much more interesting and satisfactory than it really is” but when I look back at my posts from the last few years, I think I can safely say that’s not what’s happening here.

Thank you to everybody who has joined me, or has otherwise been part of this brilliant adventure. And to everyone else? You’re missing out. MTF, part 10, is coming up in May. We’re coming back to Berlin, and this time it’s personal.

Love life, live it hard, and exercise your right to thoroughly enjoy the brief spark that is your existence within the vast unending beauty of this strange universe ॐ

Here’s another, more recent video of Adam – who is, and I don’t use this term lightly, a genius: