Hello there, marshmallows! I’ve missed you !!
Truly, I have – it felt so strange not to be able to talk to you yesterday and find out what you thought of Veronica … or how your day was … or what you blogged about … or if you thought it would be a good idea for me to eat half a tub of Philadelphia chocolate cream cheese spread after dinner.
You’re right, you’re right, I know you’re right.
It wasn’t a good idea.
No, it wasn’t a good idea; it was a coping mechanism. And an important one, at that! Things did not go well in Corporate World yesterday, my friends. As I said to a certain blogger when I got home, I felt like a hamster stuck on a wheel. A tiny, very cranky hamster stuck on a very large wheel.
Everything turned out to be copacetic in the end – it was nothing that putting on my big girl panties and putting in a little work after-hours couldn’t fix – but the point is … I missed you.
The entire episode got me thinking about what it is I do all day, and why I get so much enjoyment out of being here with you. And I’ve decided that it’s because the words I use in Corporate World aren’t mine. Not really. At work I repackage; I polish; I explain; I engage. I’m very good at driving hype and awareness of our various sales programs and I am, irony of ironies, very, very good at turning long technical documents into short teachable ones. Can you imagine? Me, getting paid to talk less?! The mind boggles.
Everything that I described above is satisfying, to be sure; I take great pride in knowing that other people are better equipped to do their jobs because of something I wrote. But I don’t get the thrill of conjuring sentences out of thin air the way I do here. There is, if you’ll pardon the blatantly obvious metaphor, no magic in writing at work.
So what do I do about it? That’s the question. Luckily, you’re a lot smarter than me, and you had the answer already waiting for me in the WoW submission box.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
I’m going to stop trying to find magic in places where it can’t exist and am going to start trying to create more of my own, instead. I haven’t figured out exactly how I’m going to do that yet, mind you, but I have some first steps in mind.
And knowing that you’ll be here to talk about them with me makes me that much more excited to take them !!!
Thanks to Fannie for the perfectly prescient submission. And thanks to all of you for listening today. Have a wonderful weekend!