For me, there’s always a silence that follows the statement “that year went by so fast” when you’re with any group of people. That silence starts filling up with thoughts. For me, a year really doesn’t go by that quickly when I take the time to think about it.
So many things are happening every single day. So many interactions, so many little things that get packed in and forgotten about. It’s nearly impossible to look at everything you’ve done in the long run because the thoughts get so compartmentalized.
But this year has brought many good memories and blessings. I’m just about 2 weeks shy of my 1 year anniversary of my first day at the office. I’ve had the pleasure of working with really talented, passionate people that have always been willing to help me out. Through travel season, phoning and the crazy spring months I have genuinely enjoyed coming to work and helping our team achieve our goals here. It has been a long year filled with many challenges and learning experiences, and I’ve learned that you just have to sit back and laugh your way through stuff sometimes.
Life isn’t all about work though, and that’s another important lesson I’ve been able to learn through practice. Whether I find myself baking in an racetrack infield, going to a ball game, heading back to Michigan, hitting up trivia at the Franklin House on Wednesday nights, or spending hours alone driving to or from any of these aforementioned activities (with the exception of Franklin House) I’ve appreciated every second I’ve invested in my people people. I’ve probably appreciated every second of these activities about 3 times as much as I did in college, in fact.
This has been an important year of growth, both personally and professionally, and that’s why I’m wearing a tie today. And liking it.
That being said, I can still skull a brew like it’s no one’s business - and that’s what really counts in the end. Stay cool, everybody.