Retirement: Sunny Days
Recently I kept thinking "Great to be retired and enjoying life". How wonderful to be happy.
This wasn't always the way I felt. When I lost my husband six years ago it was as if my whole world turned upside down. Besides this I retired, my daughter went to university and I was alone in a huge house. It was the formula for disaster.
Since then I have gotten involved in Mosaic Clubhouse in London... part of an international movement which started in New York called ICCD. It's to help people who have had mental health problems. Since I suffered with depression after my husband died I got better by going to this clubhouse.
Recently I went to Sweden with other staff members to a conference. What a great event! It was moving to hear the people from Japan talk about how their clubhouse helped the surrounding community after the earthquake. Also, there was a group from Australia which survived the flood. My story is that I survived bereavement.
Being active, having friends and my interest in art has changed my life. You never know what's around the corner but each day brings new surprises. They can be wonderful.