Thursday, 17 September 2015

Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt | A Bouquet and a Decision


Here's my photo for No 1 | a bouquet of flowers.  I bought them yesterday, on a rainy day in September (hence the raindrops!), to celebrate the fact that I've finally reached an important milestone in my life.
 
I've made the decision to retire as soon as possible.  Actually I suppose I should say I plan to semi-retire, as I will be keeping one local school (about 10 minutes drive away) where I'm employed by the school to cover the music lessons for four classes, and I still hope to run the recorder club in another school (although I haven't discussed it with the head teacher yet). I also have the option of doing private lessons locally if I need, or want to, and of course I will still teach at the band on a Saturday morning.
 
I wasn't going to make this decision until after my 60th birthday at the end of November but various factors have prompted me to decide now.  I found out that my new intake of pupils will not happen until next February, so until that happens I will have massive gaps in my timetable where I'm hanging about waiting, often in places where there is nothing to go and nowhere warm to wait.  With the distances I am driving and the smaller pupil numbers, it makes financial sense to leave sooner rather than later.  It was a visit to my doctor this week that finally pushed me to make the decision.  There's nothing seriously wrong with me, but age related problems are starting to rear their ugly head and I just want a slower, calmer lifestyle.
 
I still have to negotiate my retirement date as the person I need to speak to is not in until next week so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it I only need to give them one month's notice ... now I've made my decision I want to leave as soon as possible!

9 comments:

  1. congratulations on making your big decision - fingers crossed it all goes smoothly when you negotiate it next week

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  2. That all sounds great and a nice way to transition. Hope it all pans out as you wish!

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  3. congratulations, my Mum and Dad both retired the year before last and I can see such a change in them. They're both happier, calmer and busier than ever - but it's on their own terms, so its much less stressful ad far more enjoyable.
    Fingers crossed for a months notice!

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  4. Such pretty flowers to celebrate a wonderful decision you made! It does seem like one that was made after careful thought and consideration of several factors. Good for you and congrats with it! Hope it all comes together sooner than later so you can pursue the next chapter of your life.

    betty

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  5. Beautiful flowers. Congratulations and I am sure it was a difficult decision. New adventures await you :)

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  6. Congratulations on making the right decisionx
    Arilx

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  7. That is a big decision. I think everyone knows when the time is right for them. Good luck in the next stage of your life.

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  8. Definitely a big decision and good for you. Enjoy it. xx

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