Pretty much everything I've gotten right in life has been through trial and error. Great marriage? Its my second. Had to have a "starter marriage" in my early twenties, and kiss a lot of frogs between the mid-20s & early 30s years to learn who to be with and how.
Fulfilling, challenging career? Sure. After spending 16 hours a day, 6 days/week in a tiny cubicle, researching and writing minutiae about products liability and securities litigation (topics I care very little about) and deciding that the moment when I spilled an entire container of minestrone soup on my keyboard and called my sister to cry and rant about hating my job INSTEAD OF CLEANING IT UP was a sign to get the hell out. And yes, I found my talent for PR, and a way to integrate my passion for social change with my writing and speaking skills, but then I took a long break to focus on motherhood and I am still now, at 40, very much working on developing a career.
Apparently, to authentically learn and grow, I have to experiment. A lot. Get messy. Reevaluate. Readjust. Over and over. Its really hard. But the thing is, "The hard is what makes it great." - Tom Hanks, "A League of Their Own":
And it really is great. I secured my first consulting gig in Denver this morning. A project with an organization whose mission I care deeply about; a project I could start while my son, home sick from school, sat nearby watching TV on the couch. So I'll keep doing it the hard way. My way. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Have a great weekend,