A fresh start

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It is not often in life that you get the opportunity for a ‘fresh start’ particularly without something terrible happening like a redundancy, break up or a death or moving away from home. In fact, I can’t remember the last time an opportunity for a fresh start on my own terms came around… Yet here it is, 15 years working in pharmacy, 8 years as a pharmacist and on my own terms, I have finally decided that I need a fresh start. I have quit my job in pharmacy and am going on a journey to rediscover myself professionally and perhaps a little personal journey along the way.

Have you ever felt as though you needed a fresh start? What happened that triggered the change to you? For me, it wasn’t anything ground breaking. I had gone away this year on long service leave to discover Morocco, Lebanon as well as enjoy some time in Greece. I left my old self behind and found my new self in Morocco. Family, faith and gratitude are the pillars of the community on Morocco. They don’t have much in a material sense, but in other ways, they have everything we don’t in a western society. There is time to enjoy and bond with friends and family and people help each other even though they live in near poverty. I felt so lucky and privileged after witnessing this and promised never to whinge about work or money again.

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I came back from my holiday and tried to slot myself back in my pre-Morocco life. I tried. I tried some more.  Something just didn’t feel right and it became more and more obvious the more I tried. Don’t get me wrong, I love helping people, but the constant demand of a retail environment started to get me down. So just like that, I knew. I knew it was time for a fresh start. And here I am.

A fresh start means boundless opportunity for the one thing we are all searching for: happiness in the compartment of our lives that drive us to seek change in the first instance.

So how can you apply this to your life? Dig deep. Is there some aspect of your life that you feel is holding you back? Your job, a relationship, health, living circumstance? Believe it or not, you too can have a fresh start if you want it enough. “How can you have a fresh start on your health” you ask, “if someone already has diabetes?” By choosing what you will do on a daily basis to improve your health from now onwards. History is history, your actions now and in the future is what now matters.

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