Day 317 - A Slow Descent
I spent much of the day composing my thoughts on the lessons I’ve learned over the past three years. I’ve always suspected this would be a time of growth for me, and I have no doubt that is true. I want to offer some kind of retrospective, and figure it will take me some time to distill all the things I’ve learned (some lessons came over and over again). I will post these lessons as a separate entry here.
I went to the gym again today, and happened to run into the general manager toward the end of my workout; I had been wondering if he were still in charge here, and decided I’d wait to give feedback until after I’d been back for a week or so, just in case my positive impressions were misguided. But here he was, and I gave him my initial reactions to the renovation. He seemed pleased to see the change in my attitude, already being aware of the change in his staff.
I received a call from my soon-to-be boss, Vanessa, congratulating me and telling me how thrilled they are that I'm joining the team. She even said, based on what I've done in the past, she is confident I have all the skills and abilities I need to do a great job. Can it get any better than this? She didn't have to call me today - she could have said all this when I arrived Monday morning. But she called me today. I am ecstatic.
I had dinner with my dear friends James and Scott in Downey. The food was so delicious I ate far more than I should have. Their friendship means a lot to me, and we celebrated my good news together. What a lovely evening.
I’m starting to relax - probably for the first time in years. I was a little concerned that the offer letter didn’t come to me within the time promised, until it arrived in my inbox at 11:40 PM. (I imagine their email system must be to blame for that - I can't imagine Stacey would be at work that late.) I’m going to be working again next week.
I don’t think I’ve felt this good in half a decade. I told some networking colleagues a few weeks ago that I felt as if I were on a roller coaster, just as the car is cresting at that first big drop. It’s the moment I like least on such a ride, as the sensation of falling fills me with sheer panic. What’s interesting about today’s experience is that the descent was easy - slow, comfortable... comforting.
I’m floating in for a landing. (Is this real? Somebody pinch me.)