Madeline's Story - Lifelong Learning


I retired after 35 years of working as a statistical analyst. When telling people about my plans, a surprising number say retirement scares them, “I don't know what I'll do with myself!” To them, I reply, "check out the Lifelong Learning Centre." Taking courses for pure enjoyment is one of the greatest pleasures anyone can have.

Discovering open, friendly and like-minded souls makes the lifelong learning experience even more enriching.

I'm a magpie when it comes to interests; I'll try anything once and one thing leads to another. My first course was Stand-up Comedy, which led me to another Lifelong Learning Centre program, the Writing Contest.

I've always wanted to write. I've published small articles, even wrote a half-decent Nanowrimo novel, and thought often about getting “serious” about fiction writing (i.e. publishing)... but my background is pure sciences and I've never had formal education in creative writing. And there's always been that small voice inside me: am I good enough? Would anyone want to read what I write?

I plan to keep taking more, different programs as long as I remain in Regina. You never know what you'll learn or who you will meet... and what will be the next creative spark for that new story.

I also want to 'pay forward' and plan to become an LLC volunteer. I've already been approached to join the Communications Committee. No chance of being bored when I retire!

Madeline - July 2019

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