2009 – Another Year to Remember

What a year it has been. Every year is significant but some years seem to me to be more memorable than others. These years stick in my mind, at least in part, because of a big step I took in my life – usually a step that felt pretty scary at the time.

1979 was the year I left home to go to university.
1986 was the start of my career as a teacher.
1990 was my first real promotion at work.
1991 I got married.
1993 and 1996 were the years my children were born.
2001 was when I started with LTS

Of course other things happened in each of these years;
1979 the election of Margaret Thatcher felt really significant especially in Scotland as it heralded a seismic shift in the economy and the start of an era of mass unemployment.
1990 Nelson Mandela was released from prison to become the greatest statesman of my lifetime.
1991 Tim Berners-Lee announces the advent of the World Wide Web and the beginning of this great communications revolution
1993 Bill Clinton became US president.
1986 was the year of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster
2001 was of course the year of 9/11, a pivotal event in world history.

2009 will stick in my mind as the year I gave up a well paid, secure job in the public sector to enter the world of self-employment. It felt just as scary as starting off as a teacher but not nearly as scary as becoming a parent for the first time ☺

This time last year I had already intimated to my boss that I was ready for a new challenge and having dipped my toe into the water of job applications decided that a portfolio career was the path I was going to follow.

Six months on from leaving LTS I am loving the challenge and have never been busier. I really miss my colleagues and friends at LTS and the buzz of leading the learning and technology directorate. I don’t miss spending 12 or 16 hours a week commuting from Dundee to Glasgow. Nor do I miss the corporate noise that big organisations inevitably generate or the interminable regime of internal meetings. All of that was worth suffering to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on an education system at a national level. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have had that opportunity for over eight years and I know I gave it my best shot. It still feels like I did the right thing for the right reasons in leaving LTS when I did and can honestly say (but not sing in tune) je ne regretted rien.

For the world I am left with the impression that 2009 is the year that will be remembered as the one in which our elected leaders ignored the evidence of the catastrophic effect that polluting the world is having on our fragile climate.

I already have some exciting and challenging work lined up for the first few months of 2010 and can’t wait to get started on another year. I’m hoping that 2010 is a memorable year for me and for the world, memorable for all the right reasons!

In the meantime I wish you and yours all you would wish for yourselves. Have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010.

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  1. A guid new year to you and yours, Laurie!!