I actually quite like curve balls. I’m not saying that I particularly enjoy staring down a curve ball coming my way when it’s batter up, but learning to deal with it and eventually hitting it out of the park is very fulfilling.
At 33, I’ve been dealing with curve balls for 7 years, though of a different sort from when I was in the junior league. You can find them everywhere, outside of the stadium, in homes, offices, on the streets and so on.
I believe they are what you simply call life happening. Life, like curve balls, seldom goes where you predict it to.
I do myself have a life and a family, including a very energetic dog- two mutually inclusive things that I hold very dear. We have been through the ups and downs, and I know better than anyone how important it is to just be prepared and have a Plan B in case the first play goes awry.
I deal with insurance, which is most likely the closest equivalent of getting four balls and a walk. The worst outcome is diverted, and somehow you can still come out quite ready to move on to second base. Insurance is basically setting aside funds in order to counter unfortunate and very possible occurrences that even the best of us have to go through. It can also be used as a channel for investments and savings, and while I cannot at the moment think of an appropriate comparison to baseball, they are still very helpful and important.
As a broker based in Manchester, I do my best to help people make the most out of situations that just simply couldn’t be helped, and better yet, help them come out of it with their two feet on the ground.
Aside from brokering, I also write online about general insurance and insurance news. I started writing some time after I started working as a broker- it truly was the experiences and situations that I’ve witnessed that propels me so. It’s the unavoidable occurrences in life that bring about problems that can pull people into dire straits, which is, trust me, somewhere you would not want to be.
I greatly enjoy helping others find solutions, or better yet, ways to avoid bearing the brunt of the problem. I find that writing helps me do so even with those who are not direct clients. Also, while I do tend to keep myself updated with my line of work, forming my own voice of opinion and having to do additional research for articles really drives home the whys and hows of my job.
Aside from insurance, as you have probably noticed, I spend my off days playing baseball. It’s rather enjoyable when you think about the oncoming pitch as a problem, winding up and hitting it with both strength and confidence, knowing that even if you end up striking out, you still have a team to back you up. Besides, soon it will be your turn to pitch.