Don’t you love that line from the song “Closing Time”? It SO sums it up.
And when they happen more or less simultaneously your heart gets to do some wild rides.
Tomorrow is my last day at my contract gig at Kraft. I’ve been at Kraft on 2 different contract jobs for most of the last 2.5 years – it’s kind of been ‘my job’ even though “I’m just a contractor.” I have friends there and the commute and the cafeteria and the corporate culture are all part of my life. And it’s closing time.
But today I went on a job interview for a new contractor gig and found out tonight that I got the job. It’s not like “getting a real job” but these days getting a 12-month contract job and a good hourly rate is something to celebrate. And I’m very excited about aspects of the work I’ll be doing. So it’s a pretty immediate new beginning coming from some other beginning’s end.
I’m glad I have a week off in between to loaf and play and maybe even do some chores. But more importantly I think endings need to be acknowledged properly before launching into new beginnings. Kind of like not doing rebound romances. Or (for me) not immediately going out to get a new kitten when your cat dies. You need to let go of what was properly to make room in your heart for what is now to be. At least I do!
So, soon – very soon – a new adventure beckons. But tomorrow I’ll go in and get my work done, say good-bye to my friends and take a last look around. And say a lot of thank you’s.
How has it worked out for you in your life when you’ve had back-to-back ending/beginning situations? Were you able to handle both simultaneously? What worked for you?