Goodbye, farewell to an era.
As I said my poignant goodbyes to work colleagues on Wednesday, June 28th, I was also departing from my long and wonderful career with the National Health Service. A dedicated career that began April 1972.
I am about to embark on a new journey. A pathway that has been taken by many before me. It is an interesting word that describes this new and exciting time, although the noun ‘retirement’ does not reflect this.
The Oxford Dictionary describes this as giving up your regular work because you are getting old. “Oh dear me, how that could be misinterpreted.”
Apparently, the practice of leaving employment has been around since the eighteenth century. Prior to this, the life expectancy was on average 26-40 years of age.
Already I have been receiving junk mail about retirement homes, financial advice, pension advice and e-mails enquiring if I am worried about retirement. “I ask you, is there no end to this constant reminder?”
I digress. My retirement from formal work was celebrated in style with a delicious meal and celebratory drinks at Rossini Italian restaurant, Mansfield Woodhouse, where a wonderful evening was enjoyed by all. I sincerely thank everyone for the many gifts and cards I received.
A special thank you goes out to the patients who came bearing gifts and farewell cards over the last few weeks. The kind words, the many hugs and well wishes will remain embedded in my memory forever.
The following morning I woke up feeling bleary eyed and surprised that I had woken up at exactly the same time as on a working day. Two cups of tea later, I heard the letterbox rattle and guess what? My concessionary bus pass had arrived. Confirming that I am indeed an OAP, or to be more polite ‘a senior citizen’.
As I now enter a new period of life that some describe as the’ autumn years’ there will be no leaves falling from this tree. I plan to be as busy as ever with the many plans my husband and I have in place. I hope to continue with my writing for many years to come. Watch this space there may well be a few surprises in store.