Curiosity (n) – a strong desire to know or learn something.

Disrupted (past participle) – to have displaced, or interrupted, an activity or process; to have been broken apart. From the Latin dis, ‘apart’, and rumpere, ‘to break’.

Thanks for dropping in. It’s 31st December 2017, and this blog is one of my personal intentions for 2018. The past year has been a maelstrom of challenge and change and growth and new experiences, which I wrote about in a previous blog. I’ve been disrupted, one might say. Like all disruptions, there is opportunity to proceed on a different trajectory.

My name is Simon, and I’m 36. I live in Australia but hail from Edinburgh, Scotland. I am married to Eva and together we have two incredible children, aged 5 and 1 (b. 2012 and 2016). By day I divide my work between working in the mental health sector as a doctor, and as a medical editor of a medical journal. You can find out more about my professional roles here. Prior to studying medicine I completed an English literature degree, and this year I am planning on applying a PhD to look at how culture within healthcare can be changed to reduce stress and burnout amongst clinicians. I have been hugely influenced by working and living in the developing world, emigrating to Australia, my wife’s struggle with breast cancer at the age of 36, and childhood experiences of family breakdown, chaos, and familial mental illness.

This blog is primarily personal, but is strongly influenced by my professional background and interests. And therein lies the curiosity of this overlap of the personal and professional. In a world where success depends more and more on increasing specificity and specialisation, I am motivated by the interconnectedness of….well, everything.

Drop in. Have a read. Be curious. Let me know if you enjoy it.

We are, after all, all connected.