Do you ever feel as though you are on a hamster wheel, running and running but never getting ahead? When I read this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt – done- that is the first thing that popped into my head. Not because I feel like I’m on that hamster wheel these days but because it was not too long ago that I made a decision that it was time to be “done” with a career that I loved and move on to other things.
A number of years ago while I was working on a political leadership campaign I received a call from another elected official whom I had great respect for but had never worked with. There was a merging of two parties happening and she was looking for a campaign manager. Someone had suggested she give me a call, explaining to her that I was already on a campaign but it would be over by the time hers would begin.
This was pretty much the story of my life for over 20 years, moving from one campaign to another in between working as an assistant to members of both federal and provincial (state) governments. At the same time I managed to be a Brownie and Girl Guide Leader, President of the local Women’s Institute (WI), be involved with Catholic Women’s League, and secretary of our parish council (there were other positions but this gives you an idea of how busy I kept myself.
Even though I would try to cut back and step away from some of my clubs and committees, there would inevitably be a call or I’d run into someone who needed just a bit of help and I’d get pulled in again. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being busy and involved in my community and I made a lot of friends over the year who I still stay in contact with. But there are limits before your health and family start to suffer.
So when my boss decided to retire from her position and not run in the next election, it was the perfect time for me to step back as well. Relax, travel, spend time with my husband and our girls, not to mention our grandson. So out came the travel brochures and plans were underway.
The office was closed and cleaned out. I was done. No more schedules and paperwork. A stress free life for me.
Screech…that’s me putting the brakes on. Although I thought I was getting away from paperwork and schedules there was something exciting waiting for me right around the corner. After some family discussions, the decision was made that I would begin to homeschool our grandson full time so he could take advantage of traveling with me and learning along the way.
After a trip to Nevada and California with hubby before Christmas (where we found a life-size statue of the Last Supper out in the desert) I settled in to being a homeschooling gramma in January.
And I’ve never looked back.
Sometimes it’s good to be done…and know when it’s the right time to move on to the next phase in your life.
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