I decided to register for the Life Programme, had no real expectations of what the week would bring for me, but I was aware of mounting issues in my life that were impacting the relationships with those closest to me. There is no doubt that events in my past were playing out in my life today, and after being made redundant, my family became increasingly concerned for my general wellbeing, and I knew things needed to change.
I was born in London in 1963, and at the age of 2 relocated to the North East with my family. Life at home seriously deteriorated when my father was involved in a horrific motor car accident. I can recall the Police coming to our home informing the family of what happened. The trauma I experienced then played a significant part in my life growing up. I later discovered that I had dyslexia, which along with my earlier life experiences contributed to low self esteem as I matured. Following school, I undertook an apprenticeship to train as an electrician, a trade I carried on until 2008, at which point I decided to looking for something a bit different, and travelled around doing various management type roles, but this came to an abrupt end with redundancy.
I’m so glad that I signed up for the Life Programme – it presented so many opportunities to express what was going on for me. The daily discussions with other delegates and with the group were hugely therapeutic, and the one-to-one sessions with Mick and Ceri were so revealing. There were also models and theory behind the coaching experience which helped me understand how issues in your past can impact your present, and equally how these can be resolved.
Following the Life Programme, I experienced some fundamental changes to the way I look at life – “you can’t change the facts, but you can change how you think about them.” Within two weeks I returned to work, this time back on familiar ground as an Electrician, and for the first time in years I’m enjoying what I’m doing. The people who are an important part of my life have seen a difference too, and for perhaps the first time in many years are enjoying being more relaxed around me because they too can see how far I’ve come and how much more content I am.