Let this story remind you of life’s most important lessons: you are never too old to achieve your dreams! One woman quit her job at the age of 65-years-old and opened up her dream bookshop!
Chasing A Bookshop Dream
What started off as the worse possible realization soon turned into the beginning of an incredible turn of events. At the age of 65-years-old, Carole-Ann Warburton, from Somerset, realized that she felt incredibly unhappy at her job of 15 years. Even worse, in 2010, she collapsed at home and was diagnosed with a severe inner-ear infection. While recovering at her daughter’s farm in Somerset, Warburton knew she needed to change her life around.
So, after 15 years, Warburton retired from the South West Regional Development Agency. “They said: ‘What are you going to do?’ I said: ‘I’m going to have a bookshop.’,” the woman explained.
Afterward, Warburton and her daughter looked for a new place to live. “‘Here are some bungalows and houses for sale,’ [my daughter] said. It was pure coincidence that she showed me details for a little shop with a flat above it,” the woman explained. The shop, which was once a barber’s, had been on the market for a few years. “It was a godawful place. I fell in love with it.”
Within no time, Warburton and her daughter transformed the barbershop into a bookshop, bringing in the older woman’s 9,000 books. As such, The Book Rest was born! “It took fewer than 12 weeks for everything to happen and everything just sailed through,” Warburton explained. Now, the store has become quite the hit…
Warburton’s friends and family members were not surprised by the fact that she opened a bookshop. After all, she collects books like crazy and has since her time as a child. While Warburton might miss the books in her house, she also understands they have a better home at the store. “It still feels, when a special book goes out, like a bit of a loss—as if some little part of me has been taken away,” Warburton said in an interview with The Guardian. “And then I make common sense come back to me and say, ‘Let someone else learn from it.’ It’s a growing up, if you like, an acceptance.”
Now, ten years later, The Book Rest has celebrated its tenth anniversary! While the COVID-19 pandemic hit the bookshop hard, Warburton does not feel worried. She doesn’t do it for the money, and her customers have promised to return when it’s safe. Meanwhile, the woman hopes that she can help others chase their dreams. “All the dreams are in the books,” she told The Guardian. “They are all there waiting to be picked up… Someone can walk in tomorrow and say, ‘I have been looking for that for an awfully long time!”