It would be fair to say that
my upbringing has not been the most typical.
Without getting in to too much detail
l I have had A few hills to overcome.
Some have been of my own making
and some I have just been unlucky.
My biological father was in prison
and my mum who was 18 years old when I was born,
she was often away when I was young
and grew up with my Grandparents.
I left school with no qualifications
and flunked out of college which is no surprise
as I had gone through most of my school years with undiagnosed dyslexia .
By the time I was 17
I was depressed
and had nothing,
I had moved out of my home
and was living with ‘friends’.
If you had asked me then
what my life would look like in another 17 years’ time
it would be nothing how it looks now.
I got a job as a Chef,
I worked the 100 hours a weeks
that are required in the industry,
to this day I don’t know why
but no matter what was going on in my life
I found that I could concentrate on work
and the more I worked
the less I drank.
After a couple of years’,
I tried my best at computing,
it is the one natural gift that I have been blessed with.
I found I was quite good at it,
my work ethic carried over from being a chef
and I consumed more overtime
than is legally allowable in the UK.
By this point
the less I drank
the more my depression lifted,
this was all noticed by my employer
and I was picked for some extra projects,
these projects allowed me to go for better jobs.
This went on for the next couple of years
until I find myself in the position I am in now.
In my current organization
I met my partner
who helped me realize
it was OK to be a little selfish sometimes
and that I can be happy.
Once I met her,
I started finding other reasons to be happy
and the happier I became
the more confident I grew.
I now have an amazing partner
who was able to see past all my issues,
two amazing kids whom I love,
Quite simply the best most loving dog in the world
and some amazing friends.
I drive now
and finally Today
I was promoted for the third time in 4 years,
I now earn just over three times the average salary in the UK.
I am debt free for the first time in my adult life
and we are looking to extend the house.
there are a lot of things going on in the world
and I probably should be more worried
but at the moment
I just cannot be sad.
I have more than I could ever have dreamed of
and more than I deserve.