Pivotal Points 2014–2019

This blog is well overdue.

It’s the last day of 2019.

The last day of the decade.

At the start of 2009 I was in Year 7 at secondary school.

At the end of 2019 I am studying my Masters.

At the start of 2009 I had given up golf.

At the end of 2019 I play with a balance, the bug is strong.

I always think of the moments which I think have significantly influenced my life.

I will copy and paste this blog into my Notion and add names, people to remember associated with these moments.

But here are some highlights from the last 5 years that are worth remembering for years to come.

July 2014

Won Sidcup Golf Club Nett Club Champs

I remember walking to the first and second round from my house listening to Little Mix Salute song.

It’s now part of my Morning Riser playlist which also includes Superheroes and Do Better by Stormzy.

This was the first time I had fully applied myself to a goal.

To date it’s the lowest two-round score I’ve shot +3

August 2014

GCSE Results Day

I missed my predicted grades in 10 subjects.

Achieving 9As 3Bs instead of 7A* 5As.

This was when I thought I had realised the difference between smart and hard work (I was wrong).

October 2014

Sidcup Junior Captain

This was my first role of responsibility, I took it seriously and we came 2nd in Shooters Hill Trophy.

I tried to set up a game to encourage focus and precision — it failed— but it was the first of its kind.

March 2015

First job

Working at the golf club and I learned so much about customer service, tolerance and dealing with people.

July 2015

Sidcup Club Champion

I won it by 7 shots and I played pretty bad.

It wasn’t the way I wanted to win, but it was a victory nonetheless.

August 2015

Rochester & Cobham Nett Club Champion

It was a two-round event in one day.

I played well the first round, and nearly lost it on the first hole of the second round but clutched the victory.

October 2015

Top 10 Kent Junior Order of Merit

This was an unexpected one, and didn’t mean so much but it was a great year for golf and one I will never forget.

August 2016

A Level Results Day

I pretty much flunked.

But I got into my insurance at QMUL. This was the day I felt most deflated.

Too much hard work.

Not enough smart work.

I was grateful, but this was the day I said to myself to reinvent myself at university and start afresh.

October 2016

Told to start a blog

A tutor of mine who I later went on to hate (for other things) told me to start a blog if I wanted to be a journalist.

Without them, I never would be writing this.

Nor would’ve made money from copywriting.

Thank you, thank you.

8 December 2016

Study Abroad Offer for UT Austin

This is when I got a goal for the year.

Gain 60% average in the year.

I didn’t know how hard or easy that would be to achieve it.

But it set it all in motion.

Late December 2016

Karachi Psychiatrist Meeting

This psychiatrist told me to not escape Karachi.

It would built a negative feedback loop of escapism.

This really helped me, especially travelling on Southeastern metro services.

It helped to regulate anxiety.

March 2017

Start Counselling

This five month counselling set up changed my life.

My perspective of myself and how I approach life.

I lost a friend in the process, but it made me who I am today.

17 August 2017

Arrive in Houston for Five Month Study Abroad

I wasn’t nervous at all.

First time travelling solo.

But it felt natural.

This moment would change my life.

27 December 2017

Start of Daily Blog

Wrote for 365 days consecutively.

It changed my life, exposing my vulnerability.

It inspired others to try some form of it.

It was transformative.

February 2018

First internship

This was working in Canary Wharf.

I met so many people.

I learned so much about an industry.

It was transformative for networking and knowledge immersion.

March 2018

Meet old primary school headteacher

I went to go and talk to him about a project called MExU I was working on.

That project failed.

But we just caught up and that led to so many more things.

To be continued on my Notion page.

I can’t remember much else for now.

But hey, it has been an awfully transformative time.

The last 5 years have been very strange but also very elevating.

2020 is the year of movement.

Forward more than backwards I hope.

But movement nonetheless.

See ya 2019.

Joint PhD Candidate Business & Management at Manchester & Melbourne| MSc UCL Science, Technology and Society | BA (Hons) QMUL Human Geography |