Although my last day isn’t technically until next week, I am done with the work at (MegaCorp, Inc.). Being in Lafayette for my last trip last week closed the work travel circle nicely as it was the first site I did the work at solo. That was about 3.5 years ago. Closure and shit.
Being home after my last trip was strange. For a couple days it was uplifting to be done, to have finished something. Then, as often happens with large accomplishments, I was bummed. I knew it was coming. Every time I finish a big thing (a semester of classes, a huge paper, a crafty creation, a job, whatever) I am exhilarated with completion for a time, then depressed and dismayed after the thing is done, as if rudderless. For example, this is the stage in which I often sign up for a swap immediately following a swap completion. In this case, I already have my next job lined up, so the mopey mood didn’t linger.
You know I’ve been conflicted for many months over leaving this job. I love the money, I like travel, I can do the work well and the flexibility of the hours is great. But, I want to be home consistently and it turns out that money really doesn’t buy happiness. Unless, of course, money is the thing that makes you happiest, which I think is the case with some of the salesmen. So, leaving this job isn’t such a huge deal. However, getting used to a five days a week, set schedule again after years of freewheeling is going to be a difficult adjustment. I’m going to have to learn to work with the same people, every day, instead of possibly the same customers for a couple days every few months. Having a corporate controlled computer is going to be a sharp turn, too. Seeing the full scope of a project from beginning through to end will be a satisfying change. Lots of adjusting to do all around. But that starts next week. Let’s get on with the now.
Today I enjoyed Thanksgiving here at home with Slick and the kittens. [They have names now, see upcoming post.] I made a tasty turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes and a rum cake. We overslept, overate and generally fulfilled all the typical turkey day expectations. My life is good. I am happy. Me and my loved ones are healthy and doing well. I hope you are all doing well or on the path to getting where you want to be. And I wish everyone kitten-level happiness.