"It seems you should either get into the arts, specifically photography, or else something that requires you working with your hands."
He looks up at me, emotionless, flicking through his notes. His fingers are stained from smoking too much. I find it hard to take life advice from someone who is actively seeking to try and reduce theirs.
Schools career advice day is such a joke. I was already getting an 'A' in art (photography) and 'working with my hands'? What the hell is that? Maybe I should become a potter or maybe a professional boxer? They both use their hands but I'm certain they are on opposite ends of the job spectrum.
Anyway, I walked away non the wiser really.
Over the following 15 years I did however make a career out of photography. (Pottery and boxing never took off) I loved it, initially, until I made many many bad decisions and finally, when I turned 30, sold my photography business for £1. This is old news and I am a long way from that now.
Since giving up the world of 9-5 I've decided that I want to divide my life into projects rather than jobs. Some will give me enough money to survive on this planet and some will give me skills to become a better, and hopefully more fulfilled human. My projects include; big adventures, small adventures, writing books, my adventure scholarship and fixing a 1932 WW2 gun boat I bought on Ebay. It's this wonderful boat that has been taking up my week. It's been a month since I completed Running Britain and the first week I've had 'off' in a while so made the most of it. I spent most of the week on YouTube working out how to make something. I'd then inevitably cock it up and then have to find another video on how to fix it again. I love it. This 'project' has kept my hands busy for the past 18 months and is probably going to take a little while longer still. Im in no rush. It's the journey I'm enjoying.
The more I think about it the more I realise that a life of 'projects' is by far a better way for me to spend the short time I have renting my space on this planet. Some projects will go well, some won't, but which ever way things go, I think I will look back with fond memories and have learned skills I'd have never acquired had I not decided to make this choice. Working with my hands is something that I not only love, but as it turns out, I don't suck at. Maybe I should have listened to Mr Career's Advice Man after all.