I’m retiring. I said it a while back and the day is upon me. It’s only one thing I am retiring from, the job I have worked at for three and a half decades, but in that time I have seen a lot. I will continue doing other things, but that’s not what I wanted to talk about. What I wanted to talk about is change.
We can accept that change can be scary, it can be invigorating, and it can be both. I tend to see change as an opportunity to transition, from an earlier state to a fresh one. Even if it is change in which I am not really looking forward to, I try to make sure I still land on my feet and instead of wasting time resisting the change. That’s not to say I just roll over if I don’t agree. But if I am faced with a situation, I tend to spend less time wringing my hands over it and more energy figuring out my end state.
I don’t always land squarely on my feet, but I have lived my life to keep as many options open as possible. I try to learn from others, I listen for and seek opportunities, and I do things that are out of my comfort level. I have always tried to master not only my own job, but to be a utility fielder, able to fit into other roles, especially if things get lean.
While I don’t know for sure where my journey will take me, I decided I’d rather go out like Barry Sanders, at the top of his game, than as a has-been who has stretched his career out too long. My department is going to be re-accredited, we just hosted an amazing summit of cardiac care professionals to celebrate our efforts toward saving lives in the community, and we survived a hurricane strike that proved our organization has got chops. We are well represented on state and national committees, and our reputation is outstanding. The people are knowledgeable, skilled, compassionate, and know how to serve at a world-class level. I am not needed here any longer- they have what it takes.
There are other challenges ahead of me. So long as I continue to look forward, and not back, I know I’m going to be fine. I have accomplished a great deal, or I have more to accomplish, but whatever perspective I take, it’ll be on my own terms.