Just last December, I was invited to speak about the concept of ‘reinvention’ in political philosophy at a training-workshop for media practitioners. I was really honored to meet again one of my mentors who happened to be a fellow speaker. As I never saw her after sometime, I ventured to ask, “Ma’am, are you retired now?” She replied cogently, “I didn’t retire; I just re-tyre – T-Y-R-E. And I will never retire!”
That short answer of my mentor turned into a subject of reflection of mine that night at the training venue which is a mountainous garden resort.
Yes, I realized then that any lover of knowledge and imparting knowledge never retires. He or she incessantly sips the nectar of learning and most graciously share the same to others. The lover is not only a candle – in fact, a sparkle of light; a kindler of fire.
The more frequent the lover is invited in the feast of education and teaching, the more he or she becomes hungry and thirty.
In other words, retirement is just a unique time for re-tyring; yes, you may say it’s a moment of re-tooling and reinvention.
In conclusion, the lover never retires as he or she knows no retirement in this arena of pen, paper and speaking. For the lover, the only retirement is the ultimate reunion with the Beloved and that Beloved is the Fountainhead of knowledge, learning, and wisdom.
Ma’am Dans is indeed such a LOVER.