50odd is 1 year old today.

I’m 1 year in to writing 1 story each day.

For 10 years.


Thanks for sticking around if you’ve been here for all 365 stories.

Thanks for joining if you jumped on board part way through.

I’ll continue to write just for me.

And if it resonates.


And if not.

Thanks for being here for a while.


Anyhow, to continue my self indulgence.

Here is Chester Bennington looking, sounding and being brilliant.

Less than a year before, aged 41, killing himself in 2017.

There is, I think, a little internal battle going on when he sings this.

Especially around 2 minutes and 25 seconds.

A battle he lost.


When you have your battles.

As you and I will have had in this last 365 days.

Be kinder to yourself.

Life is hard enough sometimes.

You can do without you making it harder.

Holding on
To so much more than I can carry
I keep dragging around what’s bringing me down
If I just let go, I’d be set free

Go here: https://www.50odd.co.uk/365-2/



  1. Happy Birthday Michael – the world & my life is better with you in it! I really love having you as both a mate & now business partner & our conversations about life, business & creativity are always highlights of the week for me. Your 50odd stories are consistently brilliant & having read (almost?) all of them from the start I can tell you it’s a very special, unique & meaningful thing you are doing so please keep writing them for as long as you can ❤️

  2. Happy birthday Michael.

    Very nice choice of song, very poignant words that will resonate with so many people including myself.

    Have a great day fella.

  3. Congratulations and have a great day Michael

    I love these little insights into your thoughts and your life. They always resonate with me.

    They usually make me smile too.

    I am discovering that although life is hard work if you focus on the positive the world seems a better place.

    Only 9 more years to go. Keep on writing!

  4. Congratulations Michael. Great work. My life is better for having these to read or listen to each morning. If you get to 10 years we should throw you a bloomin’ huge party – so there’s your extra incentive. Not that you need any.

    I hope you enjoy writing them as much as we enjoy reading and occasionally responding to them.

    You won’t stay 50, but please stay odd.

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