Me part 2

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My working life began with a few mundane jobs to be followed by a position in window display at Myer’s department store. Then with a move to exhibition display I travelled Australia, and at around age 20 took a senior position in shop display with a major Melbourne retailer.
Soon tiring of the commercial world, I moved into youth social work, and, on reflection, this was a classic case of attempting to discover oneself through interaction with others in a similar plight. Self-hatred dominated my personal life and I entered a disastrous period of self-abuse. Drug and alcohol use escalated and I continually put myself at risk of severe punishment. The beatings I received in hotels for challenging authority and belittling aggressors are legendary.

Life turned around at age 38 when I moved in with my current partner, and a few years later a baby son came along. I took to building maintenance using carpentry skills gained in those early years in exhibition work and happily shouldered the responsibility of father and partner. Everything went well. Now nearing retirement I have a pleasant house nestled in the forests east of Melbourne, a small part-time business near the city, and, most importantly, a family. Content at last, my only regret that my life didn’t start with family. ‘Better late than never’.

 

My working life began with a few mundane jobs to be followed by a position in window display at Myer’s department store.