With my tongue in my cheek I thought of our illustrious leader, Nonnie who is due to retire in the next couple of weeks. This is always a huge, sometimes scary, decision to take. It is always something in the distant future and then! Here it is! Many of us in the BBEST team have reached, or are reaching, retirement age. Or rather, the next stage in our lives – sounds better! Gone are the days when the slippers came out, you sat down and that was that.
I once read these words and they rang so true.
“Some of us need a challenge, something to keep us excited about life. Too many still need money. Many need both.
Well, it turns out that we never retire for good... not until we expire for good!"
Those words could be used to describe so many of us, including myself! Although I have ‘retired’ from a life when I used to get up and go to the office with all the stress that could be thrown at me, I do find myself busier than ever! Not one to sit still, I recently started a very (thankfully!) successful business venture with my daughter. My husband is running his own show in the line of business that he is in. In between, I try to create wax paintings when I can. Both of us can’t see ourselves ever retiring. I guess the joy of being able to do, afford to do something that is dear to our hearts, keeps us motivated and just plain gives us the incentive to get up to another glorious day. To me, that is what it is all about.
So, I would like to dedicate this post to Nonnie. Nonnie, I am sure you will love your ‘retirement’ and become so busy doing all the things YOU want to do that you will wonder how on earth you had the time to go to work!
We in the BBEST team are such a talented crowd not only creating the most amazing artifacts whilst still working but also when we have retired from busy walks of life.
Here are a few examples showing the diversity of this team I feel so honoured to count amongst my friends.
You might be retired but that all important tool called a laptop is still needing our attention! What a pretty cover this makes.
Now you don’t have to get up so early you might be able to enjoy sights like this one.
Or find the time to spend more on your garden or attending to your flower displays?
Going out and need that extra splash to go with your outfit?
Even at this stage there could be times when you can’t see the wood for the trees (is that right?).
Imagine what you could do with these threads! Let the imagination flow.
Last, but by no means least, I have to include this amazingly beautiful stained glass panel by Nonnie. If this is what retirement might mean, go for it and all our BBEST wishes!