About Matthew


Why ‘A Familiar Stranger’?

Well, that would be me, Matthew. Let me explain.

We all have a story to tell. Our stories connect us to others, enabling us to recognise our shared humanity in our shared struggles and triumphs.

We are a social species and we need such connections; we need to feel that we belong somewhere. And when life is tough, we need to know that we aren’t alone; that someone, somewhere, gets it. That somebody just like us has been there, and has come out the other side.

I share my story, of overcoming some of life’s biggest challenges and using them as a springboard to create a better future, to be that familiar stranger to others.

And, if you find that you are not living the story that you want to live, then I would like to help you to find greater passion, purpose and meaning in your own life.

We can all change our stories, and in doing so we can change our lives.

There’s another reason why ‘A Familiar Stranger’ is such a fitting name for my site.

In my struggles with my mental health there have been many times when I have felt like a familiar stranger to myself. In writing the posts and poems that you will find here, I have come to better know and understand the familiar stranger that I see in the mirror.

Thank you for dropping by. I’m pleased you found your way here and hope you stick around.

Very best wishes


pieces of me poem by Matthew Williams

Helter Skelter – The Beatles


23 thoughts on “About Matthew

  1. Hi Matthew I stumbled on your blog whilst trying to find my blog I wrote in 2013 at university which happened to be given the same title as yours. I had featured a lot of my struggles with coming to terms with my divorce and single parenting and also looking at the funny side of life. Well done on making a success of your writing I do often believe all the reflections and writing I did for my degrees has been a way to clear the mind x

  2. Just read 7 myths about depression via Yahoo and everything you said was true. Reading more of your blogs daily!

  3. Hey Matthew, found your blog thru Sonia’s Facebook post. I recently created a conceptually similar Space for the global Jewish community’s wellness. Would love if you’d check it out and share your thoughts and feedback with me. In the meantime, I’ll dive deeper into yours!

      1. Are you using a WP plug in for the social link? Do you have the URL to the actual FB Page? If it already has the Facebook.com/[insert handle afterward]. If not I would try just pasting the ID in. You can try pasting it in a reply to this and I can test it out.

  4. Hi Matthew. I have just come over from Suzie’ blog. I love the sound of your blog and I too like to try and see the funny side of life, especially when sh*t haappens! Anyway,I just wanted to say hello and have a poke around your blog! 🙂

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