It seems that celebrating anniversaries is a national hobby in the UK.
This is certainly true when it comes to the Royal Family. Last year we celebrated the Queen’s 60 years as our monarch and on the 6 February this year we formally recognised 60 years since her coronation.
I’ve just finished a year of being 50 years old. Half a century! Difficult to believe it.
Much has happened during my year of official celebrations.
- I said goodbye to colleagues of 14 years at my Royal Society workplace.
- I started out on a new life in self-employment.
- I began blogging on this website.
- I got up-skilled in project management theory and techniques.
- I made much more use of social media to communicate with others and stay informed about events.
- I launched my new business (behr outcomes) and website on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
- I identified the strands of a portfolio career, with a focus on knowledge brokering.
- I experienced the fantastic atmosphere of the London Olympics, virtually on my doorstep.
- I experienced Lady Gaga in concert, only 20 minutes walk from our house.
- I started a new informal group to discuss local education issues.
- I celebrated 10 years of the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME), which I had helped start up.
- I expanded my knowledge of education issues around strategic partnerships, careers pathways and assessment outcomes.
Let’s now look forward to any challenges that the year of the snake brings with it. I say this as someone born in the year of the tiger who feels a close affinity with those beautiful but powerful creatures, just as the hero does in the “Life of Pi”. I would strongly recommend seeing the movie both to enjoy the emotional roller coaster ride of triumph over adversity, and reflect on and celebrate your own past 12 months.