Yesterday at about 4:30 pm I took the elevator from the 21st floor down to the lobby, walked through the turnstiles and out the front doors of a building I am not likely to enter again for some time. Significant given I’ve spent the majority of my working hours inside of it for the past six and a half years.
I start a new job on Monday. The one I made a passing reference to having been interviewed for a couple of posts ago. I’ll still be a govie, but I’ll be working on new files, with new people, and, obviously, in a new building. I’m excited about this move. Sought it out, in fact. And yet, yesterday as I walked out the front doors, down the exit ramp, and across the street to the lot where my friend J’s car was parked, I had to talk myself out of getting weepy.
I starting entering and leaving that building on a daily basis in April 2005. I had just turned 25. Oh, the journey I’ve been on since then. In some ways you could say this department is where I grew up as a govie. Where I first learned that if your boss asks you to develop a deck she is not referring to a weekend construction project but a power point presentation. That if you write a memo to the Minister you can say “you” and not “the Minister” when referring to something he did / you recommend he do. That a well crafted briefing binder can be a thing of beauty.
But the most important lesson I’ve learned, the one I will take with me to this new job, and that I know will be with me for the rest of my career, is that just as important as what you do is who you do it with.
I have had the joy of spending my days, and during particularly busy periods my evenings and weekends as well, with a number of particular amazing people these past number of years. A few I now count as some of my dearest friends. I never imagined that would be the case as I walked up that ramp, through the doors, past the turnstiles and into the elevator for the first time in 2005. How glad I am that it worked out that way. Sure, it makes leaving that much harder. But have a feeling it will also make keeping in touch that much easier.