I just watched my daughter swim. Next to me was another dad, watching his son, while talking to me about the evolution.
I’m not sure how the discussion started. But I do remember how it made me feel.
It’s not like we’re living in a time of boredom, he said, smiling. I remember when I could keep up with what’s happening and it felt like I had some kind of control. Now it’s just… impossible. My ten year old kid is doing things on his computer that I can only dream of doing, and who knows what else he’s up to, out there, on the Web. He said “the Web” like he was spitting out something filthy from his mouth.
On the other hand, he said, we don’t need to remember anything anymore. Everything is out there … in our pockets, in our hands, all the time.
The past and the present
During the conversation, I started to think about how old the conversation was making me feel. It’s fun and interesting to look back at times when things were completely different. And, it’s even more fun and interesting to recognize my feelings during a conversation like this.
It reminded me of my parents, and my grand parents. It felt like I was becoming them. Not that it’s bad. It was just a little too early.
If I just rewind a few more hours, to 1 pm, I was walking to the mall listening to a podcast about being relevant. And, once again, I just couldn’t control my emotions.
While I was walking, I was thinking about the Christmas gifts I was about to buy. The rain was pouring. The rain felt good. I was listening to the podcast, trying to think about the gifts to buy, but I figured what I was really doing was trying to suppress the thoughts about what’ll be happening on January 4th.
My new journey
January 4th will be the day I’ll be starting my new journey. I’ll be switching to a different job.
My new job is community development in the city of Halden (Norway). I’m very excited about the job, and it feels absolutely right to make the switch.
I don’t know what to expect. That’s why I keep trying to stop thinking about it. I have been working in marketing for many years, and even though I’ll keep adding my marketing strategies to the new job and to developing the city of Halden, what I’m about to enter, will be a completely different journey.
And, as part of the journey, I’ll need to adjust what I have been doing.
To blog or not to blog
I don’t know what’ll be doing about my blog. I’ll be making a decision during the month of December. I might do one of three things:
– keep writing
– change the topic(s)
It would be easy to just keep writing, even though things won’t be the same. I have switched to a completely different path, and my focus will be on different things. It’ll be more about leadership and community development as part of my job, and maybe more about minimalism, focus and time management on the personal level.
For weeks I’ve been considering letting it go. I’ve spent so much time, money and energy on it though. It would be hard to discontinue, and much easier to keep writing and just switch topics.