Trusting My Cape
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Yesterday was my last day at my old job.
I don't start my new job until Monday, so for the next few days I am officially "in between", and it feels at once exhilarating and strange, as I haven't perched on the precipice of something really big in a long time (if ever). I play it safe. It's my M.O. -- my response to an adventure, uncertainty filled childhood.
So embarking on this new career is big for me, and honestly (and not to be boastful in any way), I feel proud. It's one thing to tell your kids to dream big and take risks and follow their bliss. It's one thing to nod in vehement agreement when you watch that video (for the umpteenth time) of Steve Jobs giving the commencement address at Stanford. It's one thing to pin a bunch of lovely motivational notions to your "wise words" board (yes, I have one, don't laugh). But to just jump and (as my husband says) "trust your cape" is, for me, an entirely different beast.
I do feel like I need to pause for a minute in gratitude for what my old job gave me over the past 13 years. I grew personally and professionally, I travelled, I learned, I gained confidence, I gained confidants, I felt secure... I may not have been "following my bliss", but I worked alongside some of the most lovely, smart, kind people who were there for me unconditionally. Some of them were at my wedding, some of them were at the hospital when the girls were born.... They saw me cry and listened to me swear (a lot). And I am truly thankful for what that phase of my career afforded me. I have zero regrets.
But I am ready for the next phase... Here goes.
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