It took a crisis for me to leave the tax world as I was worried about not having enough money. On the way to meet a friend after work, I suffered what the consultant called a ‘serious brain injury’ after blacking out, falling down and hitting my head on a London pavement. I could have died and it was my wake-up call. I spent 10 days in hospital recovering and having tests, 3 months at home resting, and a further 3 months getting over the post-trauma depression. As I look back, I reckon I’d been pushing myself too hard – doing, doing, doing – and my body finally said ‘no’!
There was moment as I laid in my hospital bed when I had a strange out-of-body experience. I saw all my learned ways of behaving playing out before me and I wondered why I was treating myself so badly. In that moment, I realised I had to change - it's my life and I only get one. As do you! I realised it was time to do what I wanted to do, not what was convenient to or expected by other people.
Nowadays, I love supporting mid-life professionals like you to re-think their lives.