You Don't Know
I got a new job!! And I'm excited. But before today, mostly I've been scared.
Recently I had an epiphany: I could do a job I really enjoyed. I didn't have to be stuck in a field simply because it's the area I majored in or had the most experience in. I vowed to figure out what kind of work I wanted to do and tailor my resume and skills accordingly. I even wrote out my priorities in my next job:
An opportunity came up that gave all of those things and I applied and smashed the interview. When I got the call I wasn't surprised, but I was anxious. Truthfully, I was scared to accept.
See, I'm in accounting. And I had become pretty sure that I needed to get out of that field. The idea of taking another job on that route scared me. Would I be put in a box? If this turned out not to be everything I dreamed, would it be too late to make a career change? I started approaching this decision as a Life changing decision as opposed to a simple job change. I was terrified that I was trapping myself in a job series I wasn't sure about.
But then I remembered (with a little help from my friends) that even if this weren't the case, I'd have absolutely no idea how this will turn out. Even if I was sure what I wanted to be when I grew up, I still couldn't be positive this was the place to do it. As I've said many times, all I can do is make the best decision I know how based on the information I have. And when I compile all the facts, this is a good move.
So I'm going on a new adventure. (Don't worry DC, I'm staying here. Sorry, Atlanta.) And instead of being scared, I will be grateful. I have a chance to try something new, and figure out new things about myself along the way. Perspective.
Besides, as my @littlebrownjen so eloquently put it when I expressed my fear of being pigeonholed, "Eh, Martha Stewart, Maya Angelou, Paula Deen, etc all tell us this is not true."