Isn’t life strange?
Just over 2 years ago when I retired from headship, I gave a huge sigh of relief. Not for stopping a job that had been my passion for over 13 years; not for leaving behind all those little sponges that made upon the learning community of the school. The relief was from the end of the stress of spinning plates on very wobbly sticks!
Whether it was finance, health & safety, safeguarding, Ofsted, staff development or the curriculum, they all seemed to need my attention 24/7.
So, I went off into the sunset with a bit of a plan. I would do some consultancy which would enable me to sharing the knowledge I had acquired, much of it at a cost to the taxpayer. I would get fit using our treadmill regularly. I would make a start reading all those classics that I had always promised myself I would read & of course I would do lunch(& coffee & afternoon tea!) with great panache!
As those of you who visit here regularly will know I suffer from anxiety/(my demons I call it) There is nothing demons like more than a void & so they quickly rushed in once it became clear that there was quite a bit of blank paper to be filled. I found it very difficult not having anything to worry about! Honestly – each day had lots of tears & angst. Gradually though, my wonderful husband coaxed me into a routine & very slowly the black clouds turned grey.
By May2009, my recovery was making progress – green shoots could be seen. I felt confident enough to accept my dear friend Michelle’s (@Michelle_Hill) invite to join Twitter. I now had a focus. I followed a variety of ‘genres’ of folk – writers, vicars, Stephen Fry fans & ‘mummy bloggers’. It was this last group that brought the next stage on my convalescence because they introduced me to THE BLOG!I nervously started to write & post back in March this year. Would anyone visit? Did I really have anything to say? Thanks to the weekly memes of Tara, Josie & Jenny I soon had a purpose & the number of posts grew.Out of the blue someone suggested that my ‘Tales of the Head’s Office’ should have it’s own space so began another chapter.
I have discovered another group of firends & have found a niche – commenting. Not just on blogs of the grown ups but also those of classes in schools which promote the children’s work. They are ther next generation of bloggers & writers & they really appreciate support.
So – in this reflective post, I come back to the title & the Moody Blues song & say – yes life is strange. In just two short years I have been on an amazing journey following a route that I did not know existed but which has brought me back to my passion of education!! I wonder where the road will take me next?
Has life been strange with where it has taken you?
Listen to the song that inspired the title of the post by the Moody Blues