I felt it only fitting to write this post today. Tomorrow at this time, I’ll be at Rehoboth Beach with some good friends, and I won’t want to write about this kind of thing at the start of a great weekend.
Tomorrow is the last day of my job. After about three years, I am saying goodbye to the position I intended to keep only temporarily. Sometimes I think we settle in a place for longer than we intended in order to see what our next step really should be. I have to admit, I’m definitely in a different mind set than when I started.
I’ve learned so much from everyone I’ve worked with. I may not have learned it in a way that I prefer, but still, the experience has been quite valuable. I will take away a lot of great things, and I feel as though it has helped me mature while expanding my viewpoint. A few of the most important lessons I’ve learned are that I don’t need everyone’s personal approval- I need only do my job to the best of my ability. After all, I am there to exchange my capabilities for a paycheck. Second, Never under estimate the power of a great boss. This is something I have always known. I can truly say that if it were not for my boss being one of the most encouraging and supportive people, I would not have made it through some of the worst days. It is nice to have that kind of support, even if she can’t control EVERYTHING. The third thing is to remember that you never know what other people may be going through that takes them outside of their normal selves. I experienced this first hand, and I think we all do. When we are stressed, we act differently. No one I worked with is any different. People are human, and so we go through things. STILL- you shouldn’t ever be taken so outside of your element that you can’t or don’t want to do the best you can. This brings me to my final lesson- life is simply too short to be doing something that you don’t love, but until you are able to or until you find out WHAT EXACTLY that is, try to do your day job the best you can and don’t down yourself in the process. It all works out, even if the results are unexpected. There is NOTHING wrong with doing what you have to do to make a living.
I’m very lucky to have had a steady job and to work with a few people who were a joy. Thank God for them, because there are always a few in every job that aren’t! I joke around that there will be nothing I miss, but surely I can name a few things. For now, I’m off in a different direction, and I’m really going to enjoy seeing where I wind up.
LET THE FUNEMPLOYMENT COMMENCE!