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So this is me

TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,252
Hi everyone,

Been lurking about for a while now and thought it was about time I said hello.  You'll find me on the Suffolk coast recently emerged from a 30 year or so dark age.  The last set I can remember buying in my younger days was 6694 Car with Camper which was obtained in the shop at Billund.  We have Danish roots on my Dad's side so quite a few holidays to Denmark as a child, visiting Legoland in 1980 and 1984.  Lego was always around as far as I recall and my brother and I also had the benefit of being the youngest of the cousins in that half of the family too so we inherited the family Lego that lived at Grandma's house as well as having our own.

Having turned 13 in '84 I guess I slipped into the wilderness then, although moving to the seaside in 1989 did mean a couple of days sorting and re-enjoying the collection while packing it for the move.

Having picked up a couple of newspaper-promo poly bags in recent years it was the CMF range that started to draw me back in, then in 2014 my wife and I had a holiday to California.  At the Lego store at Disneyland I discovered the Back To The Future set which introduced me to modern building ideas and I started looking around at what was available, although didn't buy anything more than CMFs until Sainsburys had the Easter Bunny set last year.  

At the same time I was going through some mental health issues and in a period of serious lack of self-confidence and lack of focus was unable to come up with any ideas when my parents were trying to get me birthday presents.  So, half-jokingly, I suggested they get the Lego out of the loft as that would keep me busy and maybe perk me up a bit.  They didn't initially act on that, but did get it all down later in the year and I had a few months of re-sorting and re-building before my Wife surprised me with a trip to Legoland Windsor.  I came home from there with the Ecto mobile and since then have splurged on Mixels, a few city and creator sets, the Ideas Birds and of course more CMFs.  Around the turn of the year my brain came back to bite me and I ended up having some time off work, during which building quite possibly saved my sanity.  Whether following instructions or going free-form it kept my hands busy, meaning they couldn't get involved in self-harming which I had been slipping in to, and gave me something to think about that wasn't a cause of stress.

I'm just about back to reality now, and deciding whether to continue just getting random sets that interest me or to specialise in something or another.  Having just built the T1 Camper van I think it might be the large cars for now.

You can find me on Flickr here and I'm also on Instagram (theoriginalsimonb) and Twitter (@TheSimonb) if anyone wants to make contact.

Anyway, that's enough for now...



  • RennyRenny USAMember Posts: 1,138
    Welcome on board :)
  • theLEGOmantheLEGOman UKMember Posts: 1,507
    Welcome to Brickset.
  • Werewolf_pooWerewolf_poo Bonnie ScotlandMember Posts: 71

    As someone who went through a difficult patch in his life with mental health issues, I want to thank you for being open about your illness. I went through a 5 year patch of hell, panic attacks and anxiety all of which i wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. I have come out the other end a stronger person and even though these issues never go away it is the way you react to them I find makes you stronger and able to combat them better.  It's nice to know Lego has a part in that recovery for you.

    stay strong and happy building 
  • bendybadgerbendybadger ::1Member Posts: 1,141
    Welcome, and well done on being open and forthright about your mental health.  I am glad that Lego helps you and the joy of Lego is it does keep you engaged and also presents many ways to enjoy it, whether that be building, collecting or MOCing .

    There are many nice car and vehicle builds to do with Lego. The #10248 Ferrari F40 is a very nice build that might interest you. 

  • GothamConstructionCoGothamConstructionCo Colchester UKMember Posts: 722
    Welcome to the forums Simon. 

    I'm pleased to read you've been able to overcome issues that have Had negative effects on you by turning to positive and creative interests. 
    You are clearly a keen photographer, I enjoyed your Flickr stream.

    I noticed on Flickr account some images of Felixstowe docks from yesteryear. They particularly intrested me as I currently work there myself and enjoy seeing how things have changed over the years.

    Happy building.

  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,732
    Welcome to Brickset, Simon! 

    It's good to hear how Lego has helped you. As well as having physical health problems, I'm currently going through a bad patch with my depression and anxiety, and Lego is a big part of what's helping me cope at the moment - it's always been a wonderful refuge when I've not been well for whatever reason. 
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,252
    Thanks everyone.  I'm firmly of the opinion that there isn't enough discussion and acceptance of mental health issues and it is nothing to hide from, so thought it best to be up front rather than it trickle out in other threads later on.

    @bendybadger - the F40 is on my wish list along with the Mini Cooper.  Thought I'd better start with the oldest of the three for now just in case.

    @GothamConstructionCo - glad you found some photos of interest.  I might have a few more old port shots to scan when time allows, can't remember what is on all the films still to work through!
  • RirinetteRirinette CanadaMember Posts: 84
    @TheOriginalSimonB welcome aboard and thank you for sharing your story. 

    I have found myself going through the same challenges lately - been dealing with depression for over 10 years and hit another rough patch 2 months ago when I had to take time off work and seek help.

    I started a process of decluttering my house and came across tubs and tubs of Lego from my sons and another friend who donated a huge amount to us around 2007. I started sorting the Lego pieces and found that the process helped tremendously as it kept me focused and the self harming thoughts at bay. I am almost done sorting each color in categories, after which I plan on trying to rebuild many of the 70+ sets I discovered having in the collection. 

    So the definition of coming out of the dark ages is pretty spot on for some of us. Glad that you found Brickset and like minded people. I wish you all the best and keep in touch!
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