I shot this photo in June – way after the cherry blossom season ended here in the UK. These late bloomers (as we would generally call them) made me realise how cultural ‘musts’ and ‘shoulds’ can impact how fulfilled we choose to be in our lives outside work.

Society or even our kitchen culture might dictate a very linear progression through work and life. But reality does not work that way. Who can tell when our hearts and minds will open to new possibilities? So what if your most talented colleague decides to quit and train as a baker? Or your head chef looks forward to raising a family alongside running her restaurant? Or the KP wants to work towards a part-time degree at age 55?

Late bloomer

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