As we all may have experienced, timing almost never happens on our terms. Trusting that there is a time and place for everything is a hard thing to do, especially when the odds are stacked against you. This past year, while living in a city I love, I found myself working for a company that didn't fit what I had ever envisioned doing nor did it have a culture I was accustomed to. Deciding to leave was an enormous decision because being a technology professional, Santa Fe doesn't exactly have a hotbed of opportunities to pick from. The questions ran through my mind like wildfire--should I settle for a mediocre position or should I pursue what I am passionate about and work for a company I respect, one that innovates and has been innovating our lives for the last century?
Being settled and blessed with a loving group of family and friends is hard to move away from. The decision was difficult. However, looking down the barrel of a unsatisfying career for the next thirty years didn't sit well. Aside from remaining in this beautiful city, it came down to three things. One, the city will always be here. Santa Fe doesn't change much and if there ever was an option to return, it will be the same ol' city I love and know. Two, an opportunity to work in creative innovation doesn't come around very often, and three, I'm a traveler. Seeker of the world we live in. With a love to experience new cultures and walk on foreign lands I noticed during the time I've lived here, lessened that. Trips to Europe and Asia came fewer and far between and honestly, the need to experience the world now is very important to me. You see and get to do things in different ways at different ages.
Having been born in Santa Fe, I'll be visiting quite often. As of today, I am trusting the timing of my life, and I'll be sure to share the new adventure on FS. In any event, this quote by Frederick Bueckner sums it up perfectly.
"You can kiss your family and friends goodbye
and put miles between you, but at the same time
you carry them with you in your heart, your mind,
your stomach, because you do not just live in a world
but a world lives in you".
If you ever find yourself in the great city of Austin, please do let me know. It would be lovely to see you in the new stomping grounds.