Like many young people when the time came to decided what subject to study at university, I was not really sure what I was interested in, but a business degree felt like a pretty solid choice, and that was soon followed by a masters in economics.
However, it was halfway through my masters, and four years on from my first degree, that a bit more life, as well as work experience, helped me to realise that the jobs I would be qualified for did not interest me, and that I was after something different. I just did not know what.
That is when I came across a recruitment advert from the London Metropolitan Police, and about six months after finishing my masters I was starting police training.
Eager as I was to make a difference, and proud to have become part of such an old institution, I also quickly realised that it was far from the right fit for me, and once again I had that sinking feeling of having made a wrong turn.
That was the biggest turning point in my life as for the first time I was at a stand still and with no direction as to where to go next.
However, I also had something that I had not had in a long time. Time to think.
It is during a walk through Epping Forest, north of London, that I found myself staring at a beautiful landscape, and after taking a snapshot with my iPhone, I looked at the picture and wished I had a decent camera with me to do justice to that beautiful landscape.
That very same day I decided to buy what I consider to be my very first camera, a Nikon Coolpix. I loved taking photos so much that it was not long after that that I bough my first entry level Nikon DSLR, which was soon followed by my first professional camera.
Since then my kit just kept growing and with it my passion for photography. I kept buying books and self-educating myself on the subject.
About a year into my photographic journey people who looked at my photos started assuming that that was my job, and family members were hinting that maybe it could be more than a hobby.
That is when I realised that I could make a living by doing what I love.
My business is now growing, and hopefully one day I will gain enough recognition as a photographer to be able to support causes I believe in, and help other people, but for the time being I just count myself lucky, and as long as I can make a living by doing what I love, I will be happy.
I finally feel like I have a direction in life again, and in hindsight I always knew I would want to start my own business one day, but I guess it took me a few wrong turns to realise what the right path for me was.