I can’t believe I have decided to write a blog. It’s so not me! Though I suspect it will become me, very quickly!
In 1983, I started a temporary job at the BBC and stayed …..for thirty years ! Friday 15th March 2013 was my final working day there, and now I am out in the big wide world, a bit confused and not quite sure what to do or where to turn next.
That’s why I thought a blog would be a good idea.
There are three key reasons really. The main one I suppose is that I genuinely don’t know what will happen to me now that I have left the Beeb, and so I thought I would use this blog to record how I move on to whatever life holds for me next. It may be uplifting as I find something new and exciting to challenge me or it may be quite depressing as I could find that actually I’m not suited to anything and there are just no jobs out there…or worse, that I’m just considered too old, by potential employers. (Note to self: must do something about the greying hair !)
Secondly, I have lots of ideas about what I really want to do and one of those involves writing. I have two and a half books floating around in my head and the start of a sitcom. I’m hoping that writing regularly will be more than just therapy but a good habit to get into which will hopefully help me get all that stuff out of my head and onto paper.
And finally, I thought it would be a good excuse to start an online journal. I always used to keep a hand-written diary but it’s been very difficult in recent years to keep anything hidden in a house with two young adults, a husband and a mother and so I got out of the habit. Not that putting it online for the world to see will mean I can write out my deepest, darkest feelings but it is still a good outlet. I’m a strong believer that the hand is an extension of the heart and that when you start writing, you can express more honestly how you feel. Writing regularly can be a form of therapy but have no worries, I promise to censor what I actually publish !
Of course, it also means I won’t have to write one of those Christmas round-robin letters which I would ineveitably fill with heavily exaggerated updates on my high-achieving children and all the exotic holidays I’ve had. Now I can simply refer everyone to my wonderfully, witty blog!
In truth, I have no idea what I will write about and suspect it will broaden out to a lot more than just progress on my career. Or it could be that I think better of the whole thing and may never publish another post again.
Let’s see how it goes …….