People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult thing. – John Porter
Change, when used in the form of a noun, can be defined as “a transformation or modification; alteration”. Change is one of those words that either excites or scares people. We tend to create a box of comfort that we live in and rarely deviate outside of it. We could almost say that we become hermits in our own little world.
As I look ahead and see the changes that are ahead of me, I feel excited and scared. Yes, I do feel it’s possible to have both emotions in this regard. I’m excited for what the future holds but scared at the same time. When I say I am not scared, I’m not saying that I am scared that something will go wrong and I’ll regret the change. I’m using this in the context of more being nervous.
These changes that are ahead for my wife and I are big. We’re moving to a new city, we’re going to be a part of a new church and community, we’ll both have new jobs, and so much more. To say that I am scared is a valid feeling.
I’m one week away from leaving my job at NC State University. In the last two years of employment here, I’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most brilliant developers that I have ever met. They are passionate about what they do and love to create amazing things. Leaving that behind is going to be tough, but the future is even brighter. The opportunity is before me to go to work with a company that employs some of the most talented and gifted developers, engineers, and designers in the WordPress Community. I’ll refrain from naming the company until a little later on.
So, as I look on this opportunity and reflect on the ones behind me, I can say I am blessed. Not only because I have worked with great people and have had some great opportunities, but because I can see how the pieces are all fitting together in my life and the life of wife. I’ve been in this business of making things for the interwebs for over 10 years now, and at times, I felt as if I was treading water. But those years were a training ground that has allowed me and prepared me for the road that is ahead.
Change can be good, when it’s needed or for the better.
P.S. Karoline and I are excited to be relocating to Wilmington to be a part of a new church called The Bridge Church. The Bridge Church is a part of The Summit Network and being planted by The Summit Church.
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