What a wonderful story. I know a young woman who on leaving university in 2004 landed a good job here in UK but quit after a year because "there's a fantastic world out there and I want to see as much of it as I can."

And off she went, spending time working in New Zealand, Indian, Dubai, Italy, Spain and France. She saw a lot of the world, bankrupted herself twice and got herself into dire straits financially, costing her family £thousands each time, before finally returning to live and work close to the town where she was born. As usual she was flat broke, but an uncle bought a house as a hedge against inflation and rents it to her at 'family' rates, and her dad bought her a car and furnished the house.

Maybe she will settle, again she has a good job and support from a network of family and friends, mostly people she was at school with.

I know this story is true, I'm her dad.

Success in life is about many things, but the main one is pure chance, that and being in a position to grab opportunities.

Let's see where we are twelve months from now before we start pronouncing on the long term effects on society of the pandemic. In my opinion the likely outcome is the kind of life the author of the to article or my daughter have had will be available to a lot less people than it was 15 or 20 years ago.

If the global economy contracts and nations become more insular, as many pundits are predicting, many people around the world will find life becoming much more difficult.

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Opted for comfortable retirement before I was fifty due to health problems and burn out. Now spend my time writing and goofing around. Home: northern England..

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