Late summer 2013 I took a leap leap into the unknown and left the Corporate IT world I had know all my career .with an opportunity to
I took what I thought was go to be a “gap year“, why not – both my children have had the full university experience with gap and placement years, they’ve done intern-ships and had careers counselling – why not me?
You see I went to the “university of life” straight from school into the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF). My first posting was to RAF Lyneham, which was then the home of the Hercules transport aircraft. My first job was driving a fork lift truck in a bulk storage hanger, and I loved it. At the tender age of 21, I left the WRAF and began my career in the IT Industry, selling and marketing bureau services in Nairobi, Kenya. Since then I have climbed that corporate ladder, been the “bread winner” whilst my better half (and he is) did an outstanding job of raising our children; yes he was an original 90’s house-husband.
So now we are empty nester’s and I took a gap leap into the unknown.
For the first time in my career in the IT industry, I can actually say ” I love technology” ! I am having experiences that “university of lifers” like me could never have had before. Now anyone can:
- socially connect with anyone in the world
- access and learn literally anything
- start up a business and so much more…
My chapter 3 is about sharing what I have been lucky enough to experience in my gap year(s). It has been a roller coaster of emotions, there have been times I’ve been so excited that I thought my synapses where going to explode, other times I have sunk into panic attacks; what had I done, have I completely fallen off the corporate Richter scale? I try daily to balanced myself by being more mindful in all aspects of my life, paying attention to my natural intuition, to notice more, to be open, curious and kind to myself and others.