A lot of people arrive at Humanism independently. I realised that I was a Humanist only after developing the belief that we can each build a ‘good’ life without recourse to religion and that we should each make sense of the world around us by trying to understand it.
To find out more about Humanism I took the free online course offered by Humanist’s UK, packed with interesting thought provoking material and well worth investigating. Now I very much appreciate the feeling of being amongst like minded people but without any prejudice against those who hold other beliefs.
I had a varied professional life, starting as a research scientist, a biochemist, a wonderful opportunity to investigate challenging problems with the aim of furthering our understanding of ‘how life works’. An exciting, often frustrating, sometimes fantastic time.
Taking advantage of an enforced career break I persuaded the whole family to decamp to New Zealand for six months. An amazing round the world trip for all the family that fostered a lifelong love of travelling for us all.
Back in the UK I worked for many years in Science Communication, setting up evening classes, the Cambridge Science Festival and most recently being a Science Communicator at the Cambridge Science Centre. In between these activities I undertook a variety of roles at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.
These were all challenges I much enjoyed but the best thing about the variety of my working life was the number of different people that I met and worked with in all sorts of circumstances. So, in my retirement, I was drawn to finding something where I would continue to enjoy that privilege.
I heard about Humanist celebrants in a radio programme and felt it was a way that I could contribute something useful. Whether we are celebrating the addition of a new member into the family or celebrating a life as we say farewell, everyone should be able to have a beautiful, professionally presented and personally appropriate ceremony without recourse to perhaps inappropriate religious formalities.