General Article 'The story of what made me who I am'

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By Iain Donald

My name is Iain Donald. I was born and brought up in a small village on the outskirts of Aberdeen. What I can remember of my early years is always having what felt like a safe and secure family upbringing. Both my parents worked to provide this safe and secure setting for my sister and myself. And although we were never what you might call well-off, there was always food on the table and clothes on our backs.

While growing up I always seemed to be the master of underachievement and fell short, on many occasions, of what I now believe I was capable of. Although school was a really enjoyable experience for me, I treated it as a laugh and very rarely took it seriously. I was a bit of a daydreamer and joker, but these were still good times looking back.

My entire youth was spent enjoying school. And when I wasn’t in school, I spent most weekends and holidays on my best friend’s father’s farm, a different life completely to what I would bear witness to later in my life....

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