What’s My Purpose?

Why Am I Typing Away When I Should Be Working?

I’ll get this one out the way first, so you may know a little about me and why I’ve started Substack.

First off, this is not a sob story, I’m not looking for sympathy. It’s just some background to help you understand a little more.

6 Months Ago

6 Months ago I was contracting as a plumber to a small company near where I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I was installing a hot water solar cylinder on the roof of a house, throughout the day I had a harness and rope attached as the roof was steep and there was a big drop off the edge.

At the end of the day, when everything was finished and tidied up I noticed a tiny drip coming from one of the crox nuts, so instead of setting up the rope and harness I figured it wouldn’t hurt to quickly jump up and tweak the nut to stop it dripping

6m Later

As you can guess, I slipped and fell 6m into the garden below. Just to give you some perspective, it was a two storey house on stilts.

Now it had been raining for the last few days so the ground was wet and “soft”. If this had happened during the dry summer months things would be very, very different now.

This is the roof I fell off, I landed between the trampoline and the shed and just missed the flower pot.

My Injuries

Again, no sympathy here please, I was an idiot and was completely to blame for my accident. However I’ll give you a list of my injuries so you know the extent of what happened;

  • 5 Broken Vertebrae
  • 5 Broken Ribs
  • Grade 4 Laceration to Spleen
  • Laceration to Kidney
  • Grade 2 Tear of ACJ Shoulder Ligament
  • Severe Swelling & Internal Bleeding Around Left Side of Internal Organs i.e. stomach, liver, intestines etc.

Me in hospital the day after.

Although I was in the most pain I’ve ever been in, I was, with the help of paramedics and super strong painkillers, able to walk out of the garden I had landed in. Mainly because they couldn’t get a stretcher to me as it was down some stupidly steep make shift stairs.

If the ground had been harder, if I had landed at a different angle or if I had landed in a different spot I may not have been here today, or at the least I may not be able to work, write or think straight.

This Is The Reason

So this is the reason for starting this Substack.

To appreciate how lucky I’ve been and to not take what I have for granted I wanted to use this to share things with you that I might not have been able to if the worst had happened.

I would like to get to a level where I can do this full time so your support is hugely appreciated and greatly required.

Keep an eye out for more posts please share this with your family and friends.