Over the past 20+ years in the workforce, I’ve learned that the world – and I – are a lot different than I thought either one would be.

I majored in marketing and human resources management and then earned an MBA.  I spent most of my career in IT.  Go figure.

 

I thought I’d be the corporate superstar shooting up the ladder.  My path has been a criss-cross from entry level to management.  My most recent position was in process improvement, and I did such a great job improving processes that my employer didn’t need me anymore.  It’s not sour grapes – I have numbers that back me up.  Oh, and that happened in my previous position too.  Guess you can tell why I don’t want to stay in the process improvement field.

After playing varsity sports, I never thought I would be diagnosed with a chronic illness that requires using a
walker.  When people see the walker, their first impression is that I’m weak.  Even before I get the chance to talk about my multiple certifications or work successes, I’m in the hole.

I never pictured myself as the mom of two terrific boys whose different school schedules.  I didn’t think I’d marry a man who does not work a traditional 9-5 schedule.   If a traditional schedule doesn’t work for them, it’s not going to work for me.  I need a more flexible schedule.  I also never thought I’d enjoy carpool.

I never thought my desire to write The Great American Novel would evolve to writing killer process documentation and training materials.  Oh, and some sarcastic reality TV show recaps, too.

My answer to What will you be when you grow up?  has changed considerably since I was 21.  Now, I’m not even sure I want to grow up.

Never say never.