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A life worth living…

In thinking about my life’s journey, I’m often reflective and humbled by the distance I’ve travelled. It has been a ride filled with the full spectrum of emotions. I’ve been through more than you could imagine and more than I’ll ever openly divulge in public. Suffice to say, like many others, my life has not been a bed of roses. Let’s leave it right there…for now. Today, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. Long may it last!
I’m in the prime of my life now (so I’m told anyway). There are a lot of goals that I hope to achieve. I’m a working mother, wife and I’m also pursuing a PhD. Yes, my hands are full. I pray for good health and strength to persevere and maximise my potential. Self actualisation is a ‘biggie’ for me. I will allow no one to limit me. If it means I have to go over, under or through an obstacle, I will. My view is simply: “who are you that I should be mindful of you?, why should your opinion mean more than mine?’ 

It’s important to have lots of fun while you pursue your goals. Find the joy in what you do. If there’s no joy, do something else. Life’s too short to be miserable. My fun comes from lifting people’s spirits which in turn lifts mine. I get joy from dancing to my music much to the delight of my family who think I’m “so funny”. 

I just think we should enjoy the priceless things in life like quality time with family and being at peace with one’s self. You guessed it, I’m not very materialistic. I treasure the simple things that life has to offer – peace of mind, nature, clean living and happiness. 

Genetically, I have been blessed with being from the lineage of Maroons in Jamaica. The Maroons were Africans who escaped from slavery in the Americas and formed independent settlements. They could not and were not enslaved because they refused to be and took action to ensure this could not happen. 

I am from mixed heritage as most West Indians from the Caribbean region are. However, my Maroon heritage is a badge that I wear with enormous pride. It means that trying to control, brainwash or manipulate me will be a futile venture. It means that I have resilience and moral courage to rise like a lion against injustice. Yes, I’m usually a lovely, calm person. However, there are lines of incivility, disrespect and bullying that if crossed, are game changers. The pussy cat transforms into a lion. 


I’m often humbled to tears by the kindness that I receive from my friends and even my virtual friends on social networking media. The warmth and goodwill is mind blowing. I guess it is confirmation that you get what you give. You reap what you sow. So, sow good seeds. 

Life is worth living. My message is that no matter what you have been through, no matter what you have been told, you are precious and amazing. Your life is worth living. If you need a ‘friend’, give me a shout. I know you’d do the same for me. 😉


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By Nichole McIntosh FRSA

I am a Jamaican-born British nurse, poet, blogger:, vlogger, podcaster, motivational speaker, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Editorial Advisor of the Royal College of Nursing Institute’s Nursing Management Journal.

I am also the Founder and Director of Maroon Mindset Unlimited Ltd, a consultancy company that works with the NHS and other systems to learn, think and behave differently.

Follow me on Twitter: @McIntoshNichole
Instagram: @tyrese876 or @maroon.mindset
Facebook Page: @NicholeMcIntoshFRSA
LinkedIn: Maroon Mindset

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