How often do we ask ourselves that question?
At a gathering last night, I ended up talking with somebody I haven’t seen in nearly a decade. Despite that, he ‘got me’ with barely any conversation.
He had a several interesting ideas for career paths I might pursue. I told him about my marketing job and that I had some other things going on, as well. Also that I interviewed for several full-time jobs recently.
Old Friend: But will you be happy?
The word ‘no’ was out of my mouth without the slightest pause. I rambled some about my responsibilities, car situation (because I do tend to ramble…) before he interrupted me.
Old Friend: DON’T DO IT. Keep doing what you’re doing.
I was speechless. Stunned that he cut to the heart of my inner struggle. One that weighed on me through most of 2012. Whether to continue working toward a career that excites me, lights me up and gives me energy–or to find a job, any job. (Hence the interviews…)
Later last night, I was reminded of a favorite quote. It’s what he meant. (I think.) What he seemed to understand, without any explanation from me.
Thus far, the full-time jobs haven’t panned out. But other things have. Projects that will challenge me and that I cannot wait to dig into…
Despite the interviews, my gut keeps telling me to stay on my path. To work a little harder. Be more aggressive. Maybe have a little more patience. (Patience is my downfall…)
Running into that fella and his words of wisdom (there was more where that came from…) last night was Perfect timing.
I somehow got just what I needed–and I wasn’t even looking for it. What a gift!
Special Note: Thanks John A. You might soon be added to my list of ‘favorite’ people. You are an inspiration. And I very much enjoyed visiting with you…