Some things end as others begin. No secrets there: that’s what life is all about. These days, that describes my life in particular. Mom died, Dad remarried, I got a new job, the boys went off to college: all changes that have happened over the past couple of years. Some of these changes are heart rending, some of them are joyful. Life goes on. And I’m not writing often enough, even though I still journal occasionally, so tonight I’ll start to fix that.
My sons are grown…. it almost hurts to write that. My wife and I helped them pack and return to campus last week, and since they are college seniors we know there may not be a “next time” for that activity. One lad has determined his life plan and is well underway, and the other is still working on it but he’s close to figuring it out. As a dad I feel like they are going to be ok. I tell my friends they take after their mother and thank God I didn’t screw this up, but secretly I am very proud of them both. They are going to be ok.
Change is usually surprising, but sometimes it can be seen coming from a distance. That happened to me last year. My VP retired suddenly and my immediate boss did not get tapped for the job, leaving our management group in a state of uncertainty. An exec from another part of the company was considering retirement and reached out to me. I have taken his job offering with the intention of replacing him in a year or two along with an immediate promotion and a career extension that looks like it could take me to retirement. It brings with it a sense of fulfillment and the chance to make a significant difference for ten years or more. Thank goodness I recognized the potential blessings that could bring: I jumped at the chance.
And then sometimes the change hits you unexpectedly. My new boss indicated he would be with me a couple of years to mentor, train and prepare me for a move into an executive position… and then retired after 6 months! However, for now it looks like I am still on track. The work is rewarding, and I’m thrilled that this late in life (again, hard to write!) there are still opportunities and possibilities that make work exciting.
Last but not least: I’m going back to school! I had considered graduate school a number of times in the past but had never felt right about it. Once my own children started school it seemed like that ship had sailed. But when my new job started my mentor made clear to me the education was necessary. I started class this week as a candidate in a Masters program: more change!
Who knows when I’ll have time to blog again? Life is change. I’ll try to check in soon and leave an update. Come see me!