These are the things I've done in my life that have meant the most to me:
CEO of international development organisation One World Action for 10 years
Lived for 2 years in a Manila squatter area with a Filipino family,
Overcame cancer - I had a brain tumour in 2009 (I will always be deaf in my right ear; sit to my left...!)
Worked and lived in Sierra Leone, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines
Travelled across the Sahara desert independently with two friends, from London to Ghana in a Land Rover
Successfully changed career to become a qualified coachand consultant
Went to India alone in 1984, my first time outside Europe - still remember the family living in a sewage pipe
Was first from my family to go to university, and went on to get a Masters degree
Held - briefly - the junior 400m record at my school (68.1 seconds, since you ask...)
Slept on a park bench in Paris - until the tramps reclaimed their regular place
Chaired Walthamstow School for Girls, with 80% non-white students - a truly inspiring place
Worked at Amnesty International with difficult, challenging, brilliant and wonderful people
Rode the Trans Siberian train from Beijing to Moscow in Soviet era
Seen Machu Pichu, the Kremlin, the Taj Mahal, Tiananmen Square and many wonderful places
Took the Orient Express from Beijing via Moscow to Berlin (and hid under a table at Warsaw station to avoid a mass brawl.....)
Gained GCSE Mandarin after travelling in pre-Tiananmen China and being unable even to read the street signs
Stood in front of the tanks with many Filipinos in the EDSA Revolution to overthrow Marcos. Alas, Yellow Ribbon democracy wasn't quite what we hoped for!
In Cambodia, sat quietly at the Killing Fields, and cried at the photos in Tuol Sleng, the S21 torture prison - how can we do such things to each other?
Sat down to eat with Dalits - the "untouchables" - in Bangladesh
Met the Dalai Lama - and Yes, he does have an aura
Took my twins, then under two years, to experience the Philippines and Japan in 2014
I am proud of these achievements, and I have worked hard. But I'm not exceptional by any means, I know that, and many people leave me in awe with what they have done. I hope more's to come - I still want a sea view, and I haven't given up on overcoming war, poverty and injustice....
So what have you achieved so far in your life; and what strengths can you draw on from the past to succeed now?