I’m finishing up my current job in a couple of days. Ordinarily that would feel a little scary for me (ok, a LOT scary), but it doesn’t this time around. I’m not sure why. Perhaps because reality about the change hasn’t set in, or may be because I’ve got my little holiday to look forward to at the end of the week. May be even it’s because this change, despite its enormity, is sitting “right” with me. Who knows?
I had farewell drinks with my colleagues on Friday. It was lovely. I’ve been with my current employer for quite a long time, so lots of people came, from the past and the present. We had lots of laughs, and I admit I got pretty hammered (in a good way). It was fun. I even stood up for myself and put my ex-boss back in his box a few times. It felt GREAT. 🙂
Quite a lot of the people there were from former teams. People who used to work for me. We got to chatting and a number of them mentioned how they still think about me at work. In a good way, I mean. How, when they’re doing a particular piece of work, they use some of the tools I taught them. And when they’re grappling with something, they think about how I might tackle it, and that helps them move forward. And even when they’re thinking about jobs and careers and things, they think back to conversations we had years ago.
In all honesty, I was dumb-founded. I guess in work, as in life, I’ve always thought I was a boil on the face of humanity. I never thought of myself as someone who influenced other people positively, or shaped their work lives. It was strange to hear different. I really didn’t know what to say.
I’ve been mulling over this for a couple of days and I’m still dumb-founded. I’m very flattered, of course. It makes me feel all smiley inside, even if I don’t quite understand it. It gave me a much needed boost. I’m hoping I can take some of that feeling with me to the new job. 🙂
In other news I visited a cattery yesterday to see if it would be a suitable holiday spot for my kitty while I’m on my own holiday. While there I saw a little kitty like this one. I am completely and utterly BESOTTED. So much so that I think my own kitty might need a playmate. 😀