We’re having the chats with #PeopleofGalway for the craic — messers and chancers, artists and tourists, buskers and shopkeepers, and any other unwitting victims we meet on the street.

#ThisIsGalway “What I found was that I’m very creative, I’m a left-field thinker and I don’t like groupthink. I like change and creativity and honesty. So when I was working in my previous job, I found I was deeply unhappy because that work didn’t quite align with my priorities. Every time I’d go to a seminar I’d say ‘I really don’t fit in here, I don’t dress like them, I don’t think like them.’ And then I put all the blame on myself. I’d ask myself why I couldn’t be happy with a job that was so well paid? Why couldn’t I fit in there? I always had that haunting stuff in my head. I was trying to fit in because people were telling me what it was they thought I should be, when it wasn’t what I truly should have been.

And then, all of a sudden I worked out who you I was, and gave myself the permission to say ‘that’s why I didn’t fit in there’. Alignment to values – living life authentically, and living life in alignment with who you are – that’s the key to happiness. When you have that knowledge, all you need is the courage to do something about it. I’m in a much better place now.”
– Colm

Photo by Ciarán MacChoncarraige