Today my Grandad would have celebrated his 104th birthday. What would he have said to me, travelling to London to start a new job in corporate life after 18 years of self-employment? Probably something like – “well I have no idea what you do, but if that’s what you want then go for it, and try your best”. So that’s what I’m going to do.
Yesterday was also a time for reflection about how my kids are no longer ‘my kids’ but are thoughtful, caring and grown-up young people. How many times have I encouraged them about the first day at a new something, telling them they’ll be great, taking a photo before they left (I was too big to stand on the kitchen table to have mine taken this morning!) and walking them to the gate. How thankful I am that Josh and Liz decided to ‘walk me to the gate’ today (on the train to Canary Wharf with me) and that Helen fell asleep last night telling me not to worry, I’ll be great.
So, I’ll be going for it, doing my best, and with a positive expectation that I’ll do a great job for KPMG UK, Risk in the Boardroom.