And…… my life is back online. It’s been a roller coaster this month, leaving one job, limbo for a week, and then starting another. I’m five days into my new job, which is similar to my last one in some ways, very different in others. I’ll still be working from home in this position, although I’ll be spending more time in this office (Pittsburgh) than I spent in the last one (Chicago). To me, starting a new job is like this.
It’s like being the new kid at school. And I’m wording that very carefully. It’s not like starting a new school, which may imply that lots of different people are starting all at once. No. This is more like dropping into a new high school in the middle of junior year. Everyone else knows what going on, and you’re just figuring it out.
It’s like jumping out of an airplane. Scary as hell, and also exhilarating. The exact mix of those two emotions may vary from person to person or from minute to minute, but it doesn’t matter if terror is winning over excitement, because no matter how you feel, there’s no going back. You’re not getting back in the plane. The horse is out of the barn. The toothpaste is out of the tube.
It’s like rush. Yes: I was in a sorority. (There, I’ve said it.) I’m not going to try to explain the whole process here, but if you also went through it, you know what I mean. And if you went through it with me, you may remember how I felt about it.
It’s like the first five minutes of Christmas morning. Because all the good things in the world are stretching out in front of you. I’m a grown up, so I understand that there will be good and bad at any job, but I love the feeling at a brand new job that everything is going to work: every deadline will be met, every pitch will be won. There’s an excitement to these first few days that’s unmatched in professional life. It’s fun to think about how to harness all that energy and keep it with me for as long as I can.
So I’m on my way down a new path and I’ve loved it so far. Of course, it’s stressful getting started. And there’s plenty that I can and will worry about: can I deliver what this company needs? how will my increased travel impact my family? is this a team that can easily accept a remote colleague? I have plenty of time to figure all of that out, I hope. But overall I feel confident about my decision and excited to see what lies ahead. Time to get started.