Anyway, I had a high pressure, high preparation, contentious and stressful work commitment in Hull on Wednesday. I have nothing against Hull, it’s a fine Yorkshire town and only one county away from where I grew up in Lancashire. But it’s not the Aude. This is.
So I have refined my new “work from France” plan further. I will cut out my established commitments for travelling all over the UK and which I intended to honour from our French base.
I reasoned that I could continue to work this way and coming back to the UK regularly means I could see lots of my family and friends. No. I have taken a long, hard look at the reality of this situation and I will be too busy/tired/frantic to spend any quality time with anybody if it’s wrapped around a big work commitment.
It’s time to put those sober suits away. I’ve given it years of my life.
I felt my full age and then some when I got back on Wednesday night. It’s time to walk away from the lucrative but intense aspect of my high profile day job and step back. I will still offer my expertise and knowledge and support and advice. But I will do it from home; in the Aude.
This is huge. My skill-set is so highly specialised that I will be taking a critical resource from a poorly served sector. But it’s time. Walk away.