Our Rich Life

96 years of life is a long and rich time to spend on this fine planet. The unexpected death of the queen really has made me think about life.

Way to many people I know have died in recent years. When you’re young, you feel invincible. As time passes us by, mortality stares us in the face more and death looms larger and larger.

As I watch the tributes to the queen across the world today and see the rich and full life she has led, it makes me wonder, would I think the same if I looked over my own past?

Obviously I have not had the same life, not even close. But a rich life is relevant to you and your own personal circumstances. Would you say you have loved a rich and full life up until now?

Here’s a list of some of the things I have achieved in my 50 years so far:

  • Passed my driving test first time age 19
  • Passed my motorcycle driving rest first time (did the lessons on the quiet.. because women don’t ride bikes..)
  • Played rugby
  • RFU referee for 5 years.
  • Refereed an international friendly
  • Was part of the first female team of 3 put out onto an international Women’s rugby game
  • Represented GB as an age group triathlete for 5 years at world and European level
  • Achieved a world top 20 finish position (Triathlon)
  • Achieved an European top 5 finish (Triathlon)
  • First in my family to be awarded a degree.
  • Went on to be awarded a second (Masters) Degree
  • Spoke at NUT national conference
  • Worked as a teacher for 17 years.
  • Highest position before I changed career was senior leadership team
  • Travelled widely across America on holiday
  • Travelled around the world including China, Israel, Hungary, France, Germany, Spain, amongst other places
  • Emigrated to the other side of the world and re-built a new life. My best life.
  • Started my own business From scratch
  • Recovered from a knee replacement
  • Recovered (and am still) from an unexpected left leg below knee amputation

Of course, there are things I was dealt that I didn’t expect, and outcomes I did not plan for.

But everything that has happened has led me to where I am now and I certainly wouldn’t change that.

Have I led a rich life? … I think so.

Am I done yet? Hell no.

Author: Melanie Magowan

I am a massage therapist and part time athlete

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