A FEW WORDS

About me

HISTORY

My story starts way back last century


1964 – I WAS BORN
1969 – I GOT KICKED OUT OF PRIMARY SCHOOL
1969 TO 1980 – “SHE COULD DO BETTER IF ONLY SHE TRIED HARDER”
2006 – DIAGNOSED WITH ADD AND AUTISM TRAITS
2008 – GOT MY ACT TOGETHER

As a little child, I loved books and exploring and was totally comfortable in my own skin. Just as I was. I sat back and observed. I waited to see what others were doing and wondered why they did what they did.

Then I had to start interacting with the world. I was the kid that did things differently. I was not the same as everyone else. I was fine with that – they were not. Many years of teachers had concerned conversations with my parents. I was referred by the school to a psychologist at the age of 5. Apparently, I had a high IQ but I needed to “try harder”.

So I left school, barely qualified. My ambition to be a doctor was never going to happen. I worked as a chef for 12 years. I swapped into IT but that didn’t fit either. Then, while undertaking professional development in my IT job, I accidentally fell into HR. And this is where I fit. Yes, I know. HR. The people everyone hates.

So I carried on doing my thing – upsetting people accidentally, inconveniently telling the truth, being misunderstood, coming up with out-of-the-box ideas and being the odd one that people didn’t know what to do with. It turns out that my occasional flashes of genius were not a satisfactory trade-off for being quiet, playing nicely with others and fitting in.

And although not fitting in caused me a lot of pain, I got older and discovered it doesn’t really matter because you can find your own way just fine. Don’t wait until you’re nearly retired to find this out.

Achievements


Staying employed

Having kids two great kids

Knowing lots of great people

Being really happy with my life

Not getting too anxious, too often

Accepting that it is OK to hoard art, matryoshka and Agatha Christie novels

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