In 2005 Roz Savage became the first solo woman to compete in the Atlantic Rowing Race.
She set out from the Canaries to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, alone and unsupported, and eventually arrived in Antigua on 13th March 2006 after 103 days alone at sea.
What really intrigued me about her story was the process which had led to her embarking on this extraordinary adventure. After leaving University she had followed a typical career path – working her way up the corporate ladder, firstly as a Management Consultant and then moving on to be an Investment Banker in the City of London.
So far so good, but eleven years later, when she was in her early 30s, she started to get a niggling feeling that something was missing and that perhaps there was “more to life than this …”
The turning point came when she sat down one day and wrote two versions of her own obituary.
The first version related to her current life, while the second described a life that was a very different story! It contained words that were full of meaning and vibrancy for her- ‘adventurous’, ‘courageous’, ‘fearless’ and ‘colourful’ – and that was the point at which she decided to make changes to her life so that it more closely resembled the life she wanted to live and, ultimately, how she wanted to be remembered.
How about you? What would your obituary say about you? Is this how you want to be remembered?
Writing your own obituary may seem a touch morbid, but there’s no doubt that it’s a powerful way of focusing the mind on what’s really important to you and how you want to live your life.
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