“When I was seven years old I somehow managed to get my little finger stuck in an elevator door. My mum had to hit the emergency stop button and eventually help arrived – in the form of a janitor with a crowbar! He forced open the doors to release my poor pinkie.” #london #england #elevator #funny #childhood
“I was one of the first officers on the scene at the Aldgate underground station in the 2005 Tube bombings. The scenes were just horrific. There were things I saw which I don’t want to talk about. I had initially been told that there had been a train crash, but it was clear when we arrived that it was something much more devastating. Little did I know when I woke up that morning that this day would be one of the most grim of my life.” #london #england #tubebombings #police #story
“The happiest moment in my life was when I was I gave birth to my beautiful twin boys. The saddest moment was a month later, when one of my dear boys died from spina bifida. He had a hole in his spine and was paralysed from the waist down.
” “Is there a time when you’ve found it hard to smile? Then I find I have to give myself my own advice. Actually, I usually only give advice to others that I’ve needed to tell myself at some point in my life.
“Things used to be hard. Amongst other things I married the wrong guy. Things are better now though. I’ve already been on seven holidays this year! When things are hard you just have to be positive and get yourself out there.
“I had my first shot of heroin when I was 14 years old. 18 years of drug addiction then took a hold of me. In 2003 I was the victim of a drug related attack which left me partially paralysed and sight impaired. I then lost my mum’s house to a drug raid. I decided enough was enough and decided to go clean. I’ve been off the drugs for almost three years now and I even sponsor addicts through various rehab programs. If I could give [....more] #gloucester #england #drugs #rehab #heroin…
“If there was one bit of advice I would tell the younger me, it would be to always listen to yourself, no matter who is telling you to do something. When I got married my father-in-law advised me to borrow money from a number of lenders to help fund our new mortgage. I did this, despite not feeling comfortable about doing so. Turns out it was the worst advice I’ve ever had. It was advice that led to..... [more] #england #mortgage #loan #debt #advice
“I wanted to be a professional footballer when I grew up. I realised that I wasn’t good enough so when I finished school I went travelling for a year and mucked around doing odd jobs here and there. I’ve just started a new role as a pensions administrator – a proper job! I think if I could live my last few years again I would try work out what I wanted to do at an earlier age. If I had done my mucking around earlier I would’ve been[...more] #bristol #england #football #gapyear #properjob…
“I’ve been without a home for about a month now. I think it’ll sort itself out soon. One thing I really want to do right now though is go to the gym and lift some weights! I miss my gym membership.
“I moved over from Chennai, India with a Masters in Computer Science. I came to Cheltenham to improve my english communication skills and share my IT expertise. It’s been a great experience, although I think I’ll eventually move back.
“I’m finding it hard to figure out who I am at the moment. I quit my job yesterday and broke up with my girlfriend last week. I really miss her. I’ve decided to head to Bolivia for three months to do some volunteer work, so hopefully this will give me the time and headspace I need to figure everything out.” #cheltenham #england #breakup #bolivia #headspace #girlfriend