Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Because you never know what life is going to throw your way
I've been given a great opportunity on my job, one that will take me in a whole different direction in my career. I'm excited!
My actual job is in IT as a software developer. When I started this career path nine years ago it was because I was sick to death of people. I'd worked at the airport for years, listening to whiny, crybaby passengers, and I just couldn't take it anymore. IT sounded perfect to me, sitting in a cubicle all day, creating software, no one bothering me. The truth, it's boring as hell. Turns out that I actually like people. I miss them.
The new opportunity is project management, with lots of interaction with a lot of new people. This particular project involves a lot of traveling, which guess what, I also like. I work for an airline, traveling is in my blood.
Which brings me to the title of my post. If this opportunity had arisen a year ago, which was when I decided I really didn't like sitting in a cubicle all day, all by myself, I would have had to turn it down. At 240 pounds the thought of traveling, sitting on an airplane for hours, would have horrified me. Meeting new people, oh God no! My self-confidence was at an all time low. I felt ugly, mentally and physically.
So once again, I realize that you need to be prepared for whatever life sends your way, climbing a rock wall, snowshoeing in a blizzard for almost four hours, or traveling extensively and meeting new people. You need to be ready. Guess what? I'm ready to take it all on.