20 years ago today, a car drove head-on into me at 100 mph. This sounds very matter of fact, but back then it was anything but!
At the time I spent a lot of time focusing on ME, getting ME better physically and mentally. But now I'd like to focus on EVERYONE ELSE who got me through it.
So, THANK YOU to...
The person who phoned 999 and the Emergency Operator who answered
The Fire Bridged who cut me out the car and for holding my hand while petrol spilled out the back
The Paramedics who resuscitated me in the ambulance
The ER team who stabilised me
The Nurses and Drs who worked out what needed mending and how to mend it all
All the NHS workers for arranging appointments, getting me to where I needed to be, encouraged me to walk again, and for getting me back in a car... without a panic attack!!
The GP and District Nurses for coming to the house when I was unable to leave it
The people who gave witness statements and the Police Officers who kept me updated on the court case
To my friends who stayed around even when I could give very little back for a long time
To my immediate awesome family, who flew from far off distances to be with me, converted the dining room into a bedroom so I could move in with them, and for continuing to be the best family ever
And last but not least to my husband who I met 8 years after the event, but understands that every time I flinch in the car, it's nothing to do with his driving, but others on the road driving without consideration
While this event may have derailed me for a while, it made me realise that with the right people around you, you have a much better chance of surviving.
Back in the early 2000’s I was a Customer Adviser at B&Q helping out with in-store inductions. A Trainer’s role became available for a ‘proper’ Trainer’s roles and I applied. I’m sure I had less formal training experience and I certainly no qualification in training then others applicants, but they asked me to join the team!
Many people had an input into this shift in my career, but two in particular I want to say a formal thank you to. Toby Carpenter who was heading up the training team at the time and saw some sort of potential in me and decided to give me the chance to learn on the job... THANK YOU.
And Andy Granston, my Line Manager and mentor who I often site, when I run my own Management training session, as a great role models in management... THANK YOU.
Who would you like to thank for helping you out in your career?
Ps The image is of a paperweight handed out to us ‘Trainers’ for a project we ran as a thank you… yes I still have it after all this time! (Proving that a Thank-you can stay with you for a long time!)
#CuriousLighthouse #career #ThankYou
Learning doesn't just happen in a training session. It happens all around us! Follow my ramblings and continue to see the world in a different light!