Yesterday, 22nd July 2011, I officially retired from Davenant Foundation School. I felt a fraud, because I intend to carry on working!, However, I intend to explore different avenues of employment and so, I am not really as disingenuous as all that because I have left my previous life - spanning 25 years all-told - to see what else I can do. I am not nervous or afraid, but excited, at this new adventure upon which I am about to embark. It may seem crazy to many in an age of austerity , unemployment and digitalization of work previously done by humans(!) but I believe there is something I am meant to do.
I have been touched and very surprised at the expressions of generosity - of gifts and of spirit too - of my colleagues and friends and I shall never forget a place and people that have played such a major part in my life. Most of all , they have shown great faith in my ability to reinvent myself and so encouraged by that, I launch myself off (rather dramatically according to this Blog) "on a gossamer thread like the spider who leaps into the breeze not knowing where she will land".
Everyone asks me what I am going to do,and I tell them I am not sure, but I intend to get back into Broadcasting, something I loved, but gave up on when, pragmatically, I became a teacher again - once the domain of "over my dead body", it actually turned out to be good for me and no one was more surprised than I, to find myself in a middle management position!
Hah! Life is funny, so I can't wait to find out what the next act of my own comedy series holds.