However, I am off to do some voluntary counselling for five hours today and, in spite of the weather, I am going to walk. It's all part of the new 'look after me' plan. Now that I am not devoting all those hours to teaching-related activities, I have time to exercise more, so I am planning to walk more, get the bike out when the weather gets better and start swimming again. (No, not on the bike, YP!) The last time I did that on anything like a regular basis was when my children were growing up.
At the back of my mind is the knowledge that teachers are often not candidates for a long retirement. I have known of too many fellow teachers who have retired, only to peg it some months or even weeks later.
Anyway, just in case I might have wondered, even momentarily, about the wisdom of retiring from teaching, a text message from my Teaching Assistant at last term's school, would have reassured me. "OFSTED coming Thursday."
The great escape starts here!