January 17, 2017
marks my 17th anniversary of the day I started with the Society of Richmond Children's Centres
Ahhh how I love the symmetry of that..... 17/17/17
Almost like I planned it.
When my colleague pointed out the auspiciousness of today in conversation yesterday (we share the same anniversary date) I hadn't even remembered.
But through the evening / night I was reflecting on those 17 years.
What a lot has changed.
How much I have grown and changed.
The people that have come....and gone.
The relationships that have enriched my life.
The work itself and all it offers and challenges.
And, of course, I wondered for a moment or two if it was wise to have stayed in one job for so long - albeit a job that has itself evolved and changed so much. Long careers in one place seem a bit of an anomaly these days. I sometimes wonder at the various paths I could have taken, jobs I turned down....a pension I might have had...Ha!
And so today dawned with me feeling less celebratory and a bit unsettled.
Did I make the right choice? Should I stay? No good reasons to go but somehow others seem to be changing jobs and trying new things.... maybe I need to be more ambitious, more driven.... and yet I feel fulfilled where I am.
And then this popped into my inbox this morning.
I have both creativity and joy in my career and so much more.
Work is a gift, worthy work with an incredible team is an even greater gift. To claim creativity and joy as at least weekly parts of my work - pretty darn priceless.
This is right for me.... for now.... for the last 17 years and hopefully a few more.
So here's to 17/17/17...... no need to change lanes.