More changes than David Bowie and Tupac combined

Monday, May 17, 2010

Last Friday was my last day at my old job, and now I'm taking a couple of days to regroup and get ready for the next adventure.

On Thursday, I'll be starting a new job with a different organization--this time I'll have a little more leadership, a little more hands-on opportunity, and a lot more digital and interactive projects to work on. To say I'm pumped would be an understatement. It's a great step and I'm thrilled about the challenge.

It's another change to add to the list for this year. New job. New house. New husband. New car. It's been an eventful several months, and it'll be a few more before the craziness calms down and a state of normalcy returns. And guess what? I can't wait to be able to just go with the flow for a while. I don't think anything is more exhausting than never being satisfied.

Maybe it's a symptom of our generation--the constant desire for more, better, faster, NOW. Our parents worked at the same jobs for 30, 40 years. The house they bought or built as newlyweds was the house they lived in, raised kids in, retired to. They bought a car and drove it for several years before trading up to the newer model.

By contrast, this will be my fourth job in five years. I have moved three times in the same five-year span. I've only been married once in five years, but ask me again in 2015. (JUST KIDDING PETER!! PEANUT BUTTER SUGAR BEAR!) And I've had three cars.

I'm not sure if it's because of the economy being in the crapper making everyone panicky, or the sense of entitlement this generation seems to have, or just a greater shift in the way people operate, but it's like people in my age group have some form of ADD where we get bored and need to move on to the next bright, shiny object in 24 months or less. And I'm definitely not alone in the frequent moving/job changing/general chaos and upheaval; many of my friends and peers are the same way, and it seems to be totally normal.

I'm looking forward to settling down for a while--enjoying my job, learning the ropes, and mastering the new role. Getting situated in our new home and setting it up so it's perfect for us. Taking a break from striving for "more" and "different" and "new" and focusing on making what I already have the best it can be.

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  1. I'm excited for the new job for you - it sounds wonderful. "Maybe it's a symptom of our generation--the constant desire for more, better, faster, NOW." I wonder about that sometimes. It seems the world is moving at an ever faster pace and especially with with things like Twitter inundating the atmosphere with the sense that everyone else is constantly doing something new, it must have some kind of effect on us to make us feel like we need to do something new in order to not be left behind. Not that being continually motivated to try new things and grow is necessarily a bad thing :)

  2. Congrats on the new job! And yeah, I think constant change is definitely the norm, now.

  3. @Emily Jane--thanks! I agree that growing and trying new things is a great thing...just that constantly feeling the need to upgrade gets exhausting!

    @AuroraLee--thank you! It sure seems to be the norm.

  4. Change is fun! What's wrong with embracing and enjoying it?

    As far as jobs are concerned, I too have had QUITE a number of jobs since graduating from college, but each has taught me something unique, and each has furthered my career and salary. The reason people nowadays (in my opinion) move so much is because companies have steadily given less and less security since our parents and grandparents' generations.

    I hope you enjoyed starting the new job today! Busy year for us both, but I've enjoyed every bit of it, and it sounds like you have too! :-)