A Latin expression meaning “seize the day”, used for saying that people should enjoy the present, “rather than worrying about the future”.

Now more than ever before that saying and meaning applies, especially with COVID-19 to contend with.

I fully intend to seize the day and, live life to the full…..

What does that mean exactly?

Of course it can mean many things too many different people.

Even for me, it had a very different meaning before my accident to what it means now, before my accident I was very career focussed, I would work all hours god send to make sure that I was being “the very best that I could be” or, as I often quote when I’m public speaking, “my aim is always to motivate and inspire people to be the very best version of themselves”.

For many years following my accident my only real focus was being able to walk again, then I’m fairly sure that in the spring of 2017 I had a wake up call. Rather than worrying about the future, i.e. will I ever walk again? Will I ever make a miraculous recovery and, no longer be disabled?

I chose to seize the day.

The biggest issue that I had was a mindset problem.

I’d been in continuous employment right from leaving school, up to my accident, when I was 35 years of age. Aside from the odd sick day or a vacation, I’d never actually had a day of work.

Was I lucky? I’ll leave that to all of you to decide….

I would argue otherwise.

I left school with no qualifications, I didn’t go to college or university. In fact my very first paid job was at Birch Hill Hospital at a place called Littleborough in Lancashire. I landed a summer job working on burning hospital waist in the incinerator. I remember rocking up on a Monday morning and, being presented with a mountain of refuse sacks. It was explained to me that each and every sack had to be burnt.

Imagine my surprise when, by Friday afternoon I’d burnt all of the bags, swept up and, was sat drinking a cup of tea when the door to the incinerator room swung open and, a porter walked in carrying a light blue plastic bag.

I remember it like it was yesterday, the porter (a guy) looked like he was struggling with the weight of it. So me being me rushed over to offer a helping hand. On closer inspection it was obviously a leg, my god the weight of it, I’m guessing that you’ve heard the saying “a dead weight”, I only thought that saying applied to a dead body but, obviously not.

Anyway I digress, back to the meaning of Carpe Diem, Seize the day.

I quit there and then and, rather than worry about the future. I immediately got myself a job working as a push bike mechanic working for Harry Hall Cycles in Manchester. I kept up being a grease monkey for about a year before trading my overalls in for something slightly more comfortable and, moved onto the shop floor selling bikes to the general public.

From that day forward I never looked back, I’d found my niche. I continued selling bikes for about two years before moving to selling computer consumables then selling software, before making the dizzy heights of being a sales director.

The rest as they say is history….