A memory popped up on my FB feed this morning. It was me posting about leaving a company I had been with for 9 years. I didn’t say the raw truth because it’s social media for goodness sake. I didn’t say that the company kicked me to the curb. I didn’t say that my new female boss fired me and my older female mentor and attempted to replace us with cute, young men. That bitch. My then husband turned my farewell Happy Hour into his own drunk fest and I had to drive us home because it always had to be about him. But that’s not what I wanted to write about.
What I was really thinking about this morning is how much life I have lived in the past 9 years. I have had some great highs and lows. Today I am in a great place, even with a tropical storm and raging pandemic.
Highlights of the past 9 years include:
- Within 18 months of being fired, I successfully completed a very public, career defining project that got a lot of press and accolades. Ha! Plus it was business my old company passed up. Hehehe….
- I divorced on my terms and started my next chapter.
- My kids moved on through to adulthood in ways large and small that make me ever so proud of them.
- I left Miami and eventually have ended up 2 counties away from its insanity (although I will always have a soft spot for that crazy city).
- I have had 3 jobs including starting my own company.
- I learned about failure and went bust with my own company.
- I learned about dating and found love.
- I learned to set limits and say no.
- I learned a lot about money, spending, not spending, getting out of debt. Oh so much in this area.
- I reconnected with friends and family.
- I have embraced my inner introvert and enjoyed my solitude.
- I lost 40 pounds and unfortunately found it again. LOL. I’m back to working on the losing part again. Sigh.
I think the biggest thing is that I have been LIVING. I have done so much personal growth and change during these years. I feel different in some ways, but I still have my ready smile and great sense of humor. I am happy to be where I am,
The amazing Maya Angelou said, “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeat, so that we can know who we are.” I know who I am. Being fired 9 years ago lead me to where I am today and I am grateful.