Beth Healey as young explorer
Some things change you forever. They put your life on a trajectory you had never planned, different from those of all your friends – and you are propelled into adventure.
I was just a young girl growing up in rural Herefordshire, England. Playing in the fields, feeding the geese, running around – laughing a lot over a little – with my friends. That was my world. But at 15 years old, life struck me, Beth Healey, so hard that I would never look at it the same way.
I lost one of my closest friends in a car accident.
Suddenly I understood what people meant by “you only live once”.
I also realised that no one is immortal, that cliché sayings like “life is a precious thing” in the end are true, and that we never know how long our life will last.
Explorers call it the last great wilderness on Earth: Antarctica. Credits: BAS
Maybe that was part of the reason why I would later start medical school and become a doctor. I worked in the Accident and Emergency department of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. There I saw how short life ...