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Cheryl went to school with Ruth back in the very beginning of the 1980’s. They didn’t stay in touch, but a few years ago they were reconnected by another old school friend. They now keep in touch regularly and hope to get together sometime to catch up on the lost years.
My name is Ruth and I grew up in Perth, Western Australia. For the first ten years or so, my family moved around a lot, so it wasn’t until I went to high school that we settled in the one house. I stayed in Perth until I turned 40, before moving again to a little coastal town about an hour from Sydney…
1 Name: Ruth
2 Occupation: Police Officer
3 What were you like as a teenager: Quiet and shy, or so I remember. I liked to read a lot and I loved listening to music. Actually, I look back on that time and think I pretty much kept to myself, though I had a couple of really good friends, who got me out and about and kept me from being too insulated.
I’ve always had a strong sense of justice, even back then. Probably why I chose Policing as a career, though back then I certainly wasn’t vocal, like I am now.
4 How have you changed since then: I am definitely more vocal and I think my tolerance for a lot of things is worse, but I also think I am a lot less judgemental of other people’s lifestyles now. I think my choice of career has changed me, because I have seen so much. I am sure I would be a completely different person if I hadn’t joined the Cops.
I think confidence has come as I have aged, because I think I’ve finally become the me I was supposed to be.
5 What do you like doing in your free time: I still love to read and listen to music. I probably watch too much Netflix. I’m always on the hunt for a good psychological thriller or Cop show. I’m also enjoying going to the gym at the moment. I had a back operation last year, as a result of a work accident, and the gym work has been great for strengthening. I also love spending time with my family (husband, daughter and three pugs) and going to cafes and exploring greater Sydney with friends.
6 How long have you known your oldest friend: My oldest friend is Kaye. She lives in Perth and we met at the very beginning of high school, when we were both twelve. We still speak and catch up regularly. She just came over for a holiday and we had an amazing five days of eating, pampering and shopping around Sydney.
7 Good things about getting older: Having a bit more money to travel. No more backpacking for me! Actually, I think I am finally comfortable as a person in the skin I’m in. I’m ridiculously happy that I have found my soul mate, Shaun, after spending my entire 20’s being in a bad relationship. I’m not riddled with the insecurities I had when I was younger, and I don’t feel like I need to conform to someone else’s expectations. I’m just me.
8 Most difficult thing about growing older: Hmm, not sure. Probably going grey. It’s superficial I know. My mind still thinks I’m a youngster and I still have an immature giggly humour most days. However my mirror only reflects the physical image of a 51 year old.
9 Advice, or words of wisdom for the young un’s about becoming old and wrinkly: Laugh about things a lot. Also, life is short. Don’t wish your life away by wanting next week to come, your next holiday to come, or some other big event to arrive. They will come and before you know it ten years has gone.
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