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.