I guess I knew my profession defined me for many of the people I know. I mean, it's only fair since that is where they met me, or worked with me, or heard about me, or formed their initial relationship with me. I've been in Corporate America a long time (27 years now, although it sounds crazy to say that number out loud), and I am still there, giving my all every day. BUT, I am also working on changing my profession in the coming years, and frankly that concept makes almost everyone nervous. I know it is because I will no longer fit into the box that not only I have created for myself, but the box my work mates, friends, family and acquaintances have painted for me. Corporate America has been very good to me, and I have worked very hard for Corporate America, but I no longer believe that I will follow convention and work out my years until retirement. What? Has she gone bat shit crazy? Not work 8 to 6 in a job where she is financially fortunate? Doesn't she know what she has? Seriously?
Yes. Seriously. And here is why...
I may be 51, but I just figured out I can have more.
I may be middle aged, but I just figured out the only thing standing in the way of me having more time freedom and a self designed second half of my life is me.
The discovery of this has been exciting, and frankly a little terrifying, but the more I think about it, and take steps toward it, the more the scales tip in favor of throwing the old rule book far far out of a very high window. I am ripping it apart and stomping on it. Doing the happy dance on it. I don't think I need it anymore. You see, I have decided to live the life I have imagined for myself. Even better, I have figured out that if I continue to work smart, and transition that ethic to a differing profession, I can do exactly that. And not in 40 years, but in 2 or 3. And, if abandoning convention and going out on a limb for the sweetest fruit makes you uncomfortable, then you do not have to do it. Me, I'm going for the platinum (not brass) ring. I'm climbing to the summit, sometimes sprinting, sometimes plodding, but always moving up. The only real change I can see is that now, I am willing to be uncomfortable. In fact, I hope to even become good at it. I have always been a conventional girl, so for me, embracing the uncomfortable is a lesson I need to learn. It is the lesson that will pave the way for me to live my dream, even if the scenes in that dream are still being defined. I'm still scared, but in the best way possible. And for better or worse, I am filled with a fire that is driving me to change, to go for it, to never quit, to flip off adversity and then buy it lunch. I am taking the gloves off and taking the dare. I'm going to take you with me as I blog along the way. But for today, in honor of my ballsy declaration, there is only one word that will suffice...whoop!
Peace and Abundance,
Suzy is a corporate warrior by day and budding entrepreneur and fledgling "green" cook by night. Russ is happily retired, focusing his energy on healthy eating and fitness, handy in all things home, and working feverishly to support our home based business.