The Death of the Career

While talking with my husband this weekend, I realized we no longer had careers. We have jobs to get us to where we want to go. And the shocker is…I’m okay with that! When did this shift happen?

I may have mentioned this before; I was having a hard time with the thought that my career is coming to an end. It is dying a slow and natural death. It is supposed to end at some point. My career has been long and healthy. It’s been a good career and served me well. It looks like its thirty-year life span will end in the Spring of 2021. Four more years? How does someone like me end a career?

Do I take it squealin’ and screamin’ to the finish line with a hearty SAYONARA! Or do I end it quietly with dignity and grace? I’m not even sure I can do the grace thing. I kinda of like the “going out with a bang” idea. But my career is old and tired. It is in a field slowly becoming obsolete. I’m ready for the next wave of smart-aleck renegades to take over and give it their best shot.

Sounds like a funeral right? In a way it is. I feel grief and a sense of loss when I look towards the past. BUT, here’s the exciting part, when I mentally turn 180 degrees to look at the future…WOW…there is something there. Faith, Hope, and Love are waiting for me along with my dreams. Change is in the air.

I also found my journey has hit a plateau. Now baby boomers think of a plateau as a bad thing. It’s part of our slang. The word describes an obstacle to our goals. When you say “I hit a plateau.” it means you had to do something to kick-start your life. Get a new job, or exercise more. Stuff like that.

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Photo by Erik Ringsmuth on Unsplash

This is where my thoughts went: This plateau is a good thing. It is a point in time to rest. I had to change my thinking. I am a future-tense kinda of gal. I get a job done. Have my moment of satisfaction as I cross it off the list. Then I move forward to the next project. I have been climbing and stretching and growing a lot lately. I’ve crossed a lot of stuff off the list! I have not given myself the chance to rest.

If I’m hiking in the mountains and I find a plateau I can; eat lunch or take in the view, or breathe easier while I hike across it before I hit the next rise. Either way it’s a place to let rest soothe my weary body and soul.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 describes a season for everything and a time for every purpose. It’s okay to have a time of rest and rejuvenation; a time to strengthen my body and soul. It is okay to slow down and drink in the awe and wonder around me. It is okay to stop being Martha (and I love Martha!). It’s okay to be Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet grateful to just be in His Presence. This is my plateau. I choose to be Mary for a while. [see Luke 10: 38-41] I’ll get back to being Martha soon enough.

This does not mean I stop working towards my dreams. I could really get used to sitting on the plateau. I could get fatter and lazier than I am now. Just hang out and enjoy the view metaphorically. The consequence is I will not finish my journey. My race will not be completed. I want to be like the Saint Paul:   “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (II Timothy 4:7 NIV).

That means soon I will be picking up, and climbing to the adventure ahead. I will rest now as I listen for the guidance from my Lord.

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Photo by Cindy Chen on Unsplash

So where does that leave my career? Well…I’ll continue to give it my best. It is now my job to get me to where I want to go on this journey. I will let it die a natural death at 30 years in 2021. Then I will be moving on to a bright future as a feisty ol’ lady! As a friend of mine keeps reminding me, “It’s okay to mark time…” That’s the point of a plateau.

Check out the view,

Milly

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