This post isn’t about media or culture. It’s about me. (I told myself that this wouldn’t be one of those blogs, but today that’s what I need it to be.)
Today I had my last day at my first “real” job – the first job where I had a title that wasn’t “intern” and where my responsibilities followed me after I went home and into the evenings and weekends. I’ve been there since I was 23. I’ll turn 26 in two weeks. I’ve grown up a lot in that time (at least I like to think so) and it it’s been a really intense last few weeks.
On May 2, I’ll be starting as the new Marketing Coordinator for Rea & Associates. (As I told my Dad, it’s a big deal that I don’t have “assistant” in my title anymore.) It’s an accounting firm with 10 offices in Ohio. My new boss seems smart and passionate and generally fantastic. I’m really looking forward to it. (I’m trying to make “Oh, the Place You’ll Go” my mantra for the change. We’ll see how that works out.)
But leaving. Saying good-bye at Legal Aid today. It was crazy. And emotional. And painful. And all kinds of other things. I gave my two weeks’ notice last Monday. And, as I said, it’s been intense. Some of my co-workers cried. One of them tried to punish me for leaving by sending me so much work to do that there was no possible way that I could finish it. (I was getting new assignments until three hours before I left.) I had a really great exit interview with my boss. She told me all of these wonderful things that would have been great to hear in the last few months, when I’ve been feeling like a failure for not being able to keep up with my impossible workload. (What’s that movie where Adam Sandler says, “That would have been nice to know YESTERDAY”?)
I’ve been neglecting this blog because the last two weeks have been so hard. It’s just been a lot to process. One of my co-workers told me that all this is normal, that I should mourn the loss of the end of an era, even though this is a good thing. And, I’m trying to get there.
I tried to look up articles on dealing with quitting your job and the emotional fallout of leaving, but to no avail. There’re a lot of articles on dealing with losing your job, but none that I could find on quitting. And, quitting your first job is hard. I haven’t had the Internet fail me (or really, my search skills fail me) in a long time.
I feel like I’m graduating high school. (Everyone even signed a card that looked very much like a yearbook page.) It’s the end of the era. Everyone’s said “keep in touch” and “let’s stay friends”, but I really don’t know if that’s going to happen. I hope so. And, I’m trying to convince myself that that’s enough.
So, that’s why I’ve been gone for so long. I’ll get back to the blog (and introducing you all to the day’s Internet crazy) soon. Sorry for the hiatus.
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