Two hours in, and my calves were on fire. We’d climbed rocky stairways, balanced atop boulders and shuttled along dirt paths. The Sierras are nothing but spectacular, and my husband and I were on a mission to share it all with our kids.
Still, with the youngest, just shy of her fifth birthday, we had reached our daily limit. Time to head back to the car, but first a steep one-mile hike uphill.
A local hiker suggested a different path to get us to our trailhead, so we figured why not. Up, up, up and then dead-end. What the kind gentleman forgot to mention is that we would ultimately need to get off the trail, hop over a stream and scale a few steep boulders to make it to the road.
Did he not notice my young daughter, along for the journey?
So, we turned back, and headed back to the worn one-mile hill we came down.
Initially, I was pissed given my very whiney four-year-old was getting whinier by the minute. But, had we not gone off plan, we wouldn’t have seen these very beautiful falls.
As I reflected on the change off course, I couldn’t help but think about my professional path as of lately.
I just left a very solid and stable company – my home for the past 15 years – to start anew. I didn’t necessarily want to leave, but since the organization is soon relocating to a different state, I made the choice to stay behind.
Now, just a few weeks into my new gig, I miss the familiar. I miss my friends. I miss the ease of knowing how to operate every system. I miss knowing exactly who to go to when I have a question about a product or process. I miss the comforts of my old routine.
But … I have to believe going off course just might lead me to something spectacular – something I would not have seen if I kept on trekking along with the same company. Change stretches you, and already I’m learning. My brain cells are firing, and the challenge to learn a new product excites me.
More than anything, I need to be patient with myself. In a few weeks, I’ll work my way through the messy stages of learning a new company. Soon, there will be wins (fingers crossed).
There was a time in my career I thought I might stay with one company. But now? Who knows! I’m officially off my comfortable trail. And as our little hiking adventures revealed this past week, you’re often rewarded with the most spectacular views when you push beyond the well-worn trail.