Lest you think I am trying to trick you into believing that I will be posting a quote daily, let me say right up front that I will not. I do love a good quote, but frankly I know myself, and even if I were so inclined, I do not have the sticking power to commit to such a lofty goal.
Perhaps I should have titled this “Quote for today” instead.
At any rate, back to the quote…
A career path is rarely a path at all. A more interesting life is usually a more crooked, winding path of missteps, luck, and vigorous work. It is almost always a clumsy balance between the things you try to make happen and the things that happen to you. – Tom Freston
For some reason, this totally resonated with me today.
It started me thinking about the vagaries of life. About how you start out going in one direction – down a path that seems to go straight to the horizon. You feel so confident that this path will lead to your goal that you take a moment to gaze at the scenery on your left. When you look back, you find yourself on a completely different path that seems to be leading to Detroit. You can’t think of a single reason to go to Detroit, but there’s all this momentum happening so you let it carry you, farther and farther from your initial goal.
Good? Bad? Both? Who can say. That’s just the journey.
When I look at my career, I realize that I am such a lucky duck. I get to be a part of the special events that happen in people’s lives. Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, showers, baptisms, etc., etc. And, as a bonus, everyone I meet with is typically happy and excited (with the rare exception of the person writing the checks…but, I am going to chalk that up to a quirky personality disorder).
Here’s the thing though – I didn’t start out with this career in mind. Far from it in fact. A myriad of choices, life events, and a mondo crooked path led me to this spot.
And I couldn’t be more glad.
So,I just want to say thank you. To the people I’ve had the good fortune to work with. To the people that have supported me on the twisty journey. And to the universe at large that this is not, in fact, Detroit.