11 career lifts – how did we get here?

I had no idea what the world was like until I was in my mid-twenties, and the truth is, I was a little shocked.

It was hard to believe that it had happened to me.

The thought of climbing the world’s highest elevator is a little like seeing a ghost in a darkened room.

I’d been dreaming of this climb for as long as I could remember.

I was at a school in Glasgow, Scottish Borders, when I was 16.

My father had just been elected to the Scottish Parliament, and I was the youngest of seven boys, two girls and one boy.

We’d climbed the famous staircase at the top of the Tower of London, where it’s said that you can get to heaven.

I loved climbing and had climbed it all my life, even when I wasn’t a kid.

I loved going to climbing competitions, and when I went to a club, I always enjoyed going to parties.

But I also wanted to be a rock climber, and that’s where the staircase came into play.

I started climbing when I turned 17.

That’s when I first climbed the staircase, so I wasn´t quite sure where I was going.

I started climbing at a very young age, but I knew I wanted to climb the tower.

I always knew I was really good, but when I finally climbed it, I didn’t realise how good I was.

I couldn´t believe it.

I fell asleep.

I was at the bottom of the stairs when the bell rang.

I jumped into my father´s arms and I fell down the stairs.

It’s the first time I saw the stairlift, so it was pretty traumatic.

I just had to climb it again, and this time I didn´t fall down the ladder.

It was really a surreal feeling.

The stairs were like a light, and it made me feel like I was on a different planet.

I’ve climbed over 8,000 stairs, and even after that I had climbed the stairs up to the top to get to the roof, but that didn´ti happen until I climbed the stair lift at the Tower.

It just felt so amazing.

I climbed the tower on two occasions in my late 20s, but it was the first I ever climbed it.

That was a dream come true, because I couldn’t believe it myself.

I really feel lucky.

I could have died.

I thought, I don’t know what would have happened to my body if I had died.

But luckily I had a baby.

That gave me a bit of hope.

It took me three years to climb up that tower, but now I know what it feels like.

It is such an amazing experience.

I have a whole life ahead of me, so when I climb that staircase I can look back and see all the things that have happened in the past.

I know it was worth it.

When it comes to life after retirement: the pros and cons of a life-altering career

By now you have probably heard that life after being a successful and wealthy professional footballer is about to get a whole lot easier.

The average salary of a footballer in the Premier League and Championship in England is £1.9 million, and it’s set to jump to £2 million in the Champions League this season.

For the rest of us who make less, this might be a good time to get in touch with those who know what it’s like to be one of the lucky few to still play in the game, especially when it comes down to making ends meet.

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to work my way into the world of football.

I’ve had to put a lot of hours into my craft and I have loved the journey, but now I am on the cusp of another step.

I don’t know what will happen to me after I retire but I know I am very grateful for what I have been able to achieve and it is a privilege to have been part of the fabric of footballing history.

You will see me walking down the street in a suit and tie with a bag of groceries and a beer in my hand.

My friends and I will always have my jersey and T-shirt with me.

I will be remembered as one of those hard-working, hard-playing players who has done his bit for the game.

It’s going to be a tough one to walk away from football, but you have to be flexible and look at the positives and negatives from a long-term perspective.

I know how much football means to me and I know that being able to live on the other side of the globe and support myself and my family is going to make me happy.

I want to be the person who brings a smile to someone’s face and is always looking out for the best interests of the game and the people who support it.

Football is an incredible sport and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to play it, but I don´t want to live in the shadow of those who have done the same.

I would like to live a life where I can enjoy my retirement with the family and friends I have left behind.