I have been leading a secret life for the last few months which will become part of this blog over the next few weeks. Decisions about my future have been for most in my mind and discussions, lengthy lengthy discussions, have been taking place. Kilimanjaro made me realise just how stressful my working life is. At times on that mountain I was symptom-free. Because I was stress-free.
This is no reflection on Marks & Clerk, who are fantastic firm. I resigned for pastures new.
But what pastures? There are options. I have learnt many new skills over the last five years and you could make a living out of most of them. Perhaps not the running but certainly what I have learnt with regard to marketing, public speaking, writing, branding and fundraising could all be put to good use. And they will be.
I would be foolish determined back on my primary skill, being a patent attorney, as it is a very specialist and well-paid career. And if I can make it Wobbly then it will be very attractive to potential clients. But a Wobbly intellectual property firm is not going to cure Parkinson’s disease. And that’s what it’s all about. My kids are not going to thank me for building anything other than something which can cure Parkinson’s disease. I have to give it my best shot.
But how do I do that? I have worked with the Cure Parkinson’s Trust and Parkinson’s UK over the last five years, and, indeed, fundraising for Parkinson’s UK at the moment. They are very different organisations with a common goal. The goal which is the same as mine. I could work more closely with them to avoid reinventing the wheel and be led by them. Or I could lead.
This next week will be telling.