I’m fascinated by other people’s stories. How did they become who they are? What were their struggles? Who guided them along the way?
I’m curious. I’m looking for clues. I’m in awe.
Perhaps it is the journalist coming out, but I love to ask questions and probe.
But when I start digging in on my own story, I sometimes get confused. I can certainly rattle off where I’ve been, touch on my own milestone moments and see how particular decisions landed me to where I am today.
I know what I enjoy and value, but when I am going through a period of transition, like now, I can become paralyzed with indecision. I research and question and explore, but I also second-guess and wonder and research some more.
Take for instance career. Research states the average American will hold seven different careers in their lifetime. Cool, right?
In my own case, I started out as a newspaper reporter and then transitioned to corporate communications. I dabbled in PR and now reside in marketing. Sounds logical, yes?
But could there be something else out there? Something I have never even considered that would be a brilliant fit?
It can be fun to daydream, but sometimes I wish an outsider could come in and observe, pick my brain and then design a playbook showing me the way. Done!
Yes, I suppose that would be too easy. Still, as I listen to other’s life stories I am struck by how many individuals seem to showcase this pivotal moment, or a case of being in the right place at the right time, and then poof, a new career is born.
In the meantime, I’ll keep pondering and questioning and working hard, but secretly, I’d love a “poof” moment. It would make a great story and help me clarify the future.
Have you experienced similar transition moments?
How do you work through your thoughts and find clarity?