I feel a bit guilty because I haven’t been posting much – I’ve been a crazy traveling wild woman lately. I have been all over the place – from taking photos of an event at the United Nations (disclaimer: I am not a photographer) to traveling all around the country for business meetings, to weekends filled with wedding celebrations, bachelorette parties, and barbeques… there has not been a dull moment! While I’ve been running around, I had some time to reflect a bit.
Last weekend, we were at a wedding and I chatted with a friend from elementary school – someone I’ve known for over 20 years (and lived next door to for 15 of those years). We traded stories about buying houses and moving away from our parents, being independent, and making sense of it all. When we talked about just how long we’ve known one another, I had trouble believing that was true.
Yesterday, I hopped on a 6am train to DC and spent the day in meetings. Before jumping on my return train, I had dinner with one of my best friends from college. We spent our meal catching up with one another and talking about who got married, who’s getting married, who moved where, what we each want out of our careers, and more – a far cry from drinking flaming volcanoes at Fortune’s in Fredericksburg and finding the best parties. After we ate, we took a picture in front of Union Station and my first two thoughts were, “We’ve known each other for almost a decade and we look really grown up in this picture.”
It was just five short years ago this summer that I began working at my current company and during the interview, my soon-to-be boss asked me, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” It was the most difficult question I’ve ever had to answer – I was a 21-year old recent college grad trying to get through a job interview. I didn’t know what I was doing that afternoon, let alone five years down the road. Instead of blurting out the first response that came to my head (“Hopefully working here!”), I spoke from the heart and said, “I want to be happy. Wherever I am, whatever I am doing, I just want to feel fulfilled.”
I could never have known five years ago (or even 10 or 20!) that the answer to my interviewer’s question could have been, “Happily married with a big furry dog, learning the ins-and-outs of home ownership, while spending time with family and friends, and always trying to figure out how to balance those things with a career that has ever-expanding responsibilities.”
That’s not half bad… I can only hope that luck and happiness grows exponentially in the next five years!