After studying Philosophy at university, I served for 18 years in the British Army – an officer in the Gurkhas. During my service I travelled widely, seeing much of the world and observing the character of humanity across a broad spectrum of conditions. As well as living in the Far East, I deployed on a variety of operations to Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, East Timor, Iraq and ultimately Afghanistan.
My life as a soldier was more than a job: it was a lifestyle and something that I was passionate about. When I left the Army in 2012, I knew that whatever next had to be something that equally inspire me. I didn’t know what that was at the time, so I chose to travel: to seek new experiences, to recalibrate after so long in the military, and allow fresh ideas for the future to emerge.
My experiences in South America changed the way I saw many things in life, and also what I value and what I now aspire to. People, community, connection, an greater understanding of yourself, valuing that which has real meaning… These things have become increasingly important to me. I hope to share my evolving perspective of life with others through this blog.