Ed told me that it’s only been in the last five years that he has begun to look after himself properly. Working with music and health has helped him engage with his body and understand his body’s needs. He told me it is interesting to talk about masculinity, as he went to a Catholic all-boys school, where he felt that every single masculine stereotype you could think of was drummed into him. If someone was sick or feeling low, or was having a bad day, they were faced with a ‘stiff upper lip’ attitude and told to ‘man up’, ‘drive through the pain’ and ‘get over it’.
“I still don’t look after myself as well as I should, but I’m actually trying now.”