Something that has been on my mind lately…
It’s been almost 2 years, so don’t love that I keep harping on about my unsuccessful attempt at my dream job (you can read about that here) but it was clearly a life changing experience for me. This experience just keeps teaching me lesson after lesson.
At the time it felt like the end of the world, but now I feel like I came out ahead. I had the opportunity to chase a dream and for that I am grateful. (Seriously, not everyone is in a position to 1. Realize their dream and 2. Leave a stable career and take a pay cut to pursue something drastically different.) And I ended up in a really good place.
I don’t believe in fate or much spiritual stuff but sometimes it seems like this was all supposed to happen this way. Ending up working in the area where I grew up, in a job I enjoy with plenty of opportunities for growth, with probably the best boss I’ve had so far, and some really great coworkers…and then moving down here, into a small house that was basically chasing another dream, living in line with my values (minimalism, simple living, eco-friendly), and surprisingly suburban life just feels so right at this point in my life.
Also interestingly, since I lost my job working in police dispatch, the politics and environment surrounding law enforcement have really gotten tense. Law enforcement/dispatch has always been a tough career, but I imagine it’s incredibly tough in recent years, and I’m not so sure this was the dream I envisioned. I don’t know if I’d have found long-term happiness in that job.
I had a strange journey to get here in this job and this house and this town, but I’m not sure I’d have ended up in this place by any other route. I find myself wondering if maybe I ended up exactly where I was supposed to. I’m not saying this is where I will be forever, but I feel like it’s where I’m supposed to be right now.
Funny how life works that way. Life is fluid. We will all have our share of life changing moments, but incredibly few are actually life ending moments. Many end up being just a blip on the radar in the big picture of all our years, yet subtly guiding us to the next thing. (Or as my friend Jeff would say, collecting and connecting the dots of life.) When things don’t go as planned and you feel like your dreams are shattered and it’s the end of the world and all sorts of doom and gloom, just have patience and keep moving forward because something even better may be in store.
Turns out maybe there is some truth to that whole “when one door closes, another one opens” thing…