Friday, June 8, 2012

Last day in my current career

Today will officially be my last day in my communications career that I have worked at since the late 1990s.  I imagine I will always be doing communications work in some capacity, most probably medical communications, as I do love to write, plan and, simply, communicate!  However, today is the official end of my current career.

That seems quite surreal to write.  Despite the fact that I am thoroughly convinced that this is the right move to make, being fully aware of the reality that 'this is the last day' gives me mixed feelings.  I have been extremely lucky and blessed in my work all these years.  I've had the opportunity to work for the UN -- I've represented Canada at the UN in Geneva, NYC and New Delhi, and have worked at the Canadian Embassy in Paris.  I've travelled on my coveted red, diplomatic passport, now safely tucked into a memory box for safe-keeping.  It's been quite a ride...and I am so extremely grateful for all the opportunities and experiences I've had, and all the incredible people I've met along the way, who have helped me and encouraged me in my career.

However, the pull of the medical field as my calling, my vocation, has not diminished over the years, as I'd hoped it would as I settled into a communications career in the field of international diplomacy.  Then came a family, and the pull towards a more balanced home-work career also appeared.  What I ultimately need to do, is see and feel that my daily work actually has some tangible meaning, in a helpful way, to someone.  I need to work in the medical field.  And I must admit, I've already found the perfect job for me that I will be working towards -- my new long-term goal -- is being a nurse with the UN in Geneva.  That is simply THE perfect job for me.  So, soon-to-be former colleagues, our professional paths may yet cross, but in a somewhat different capacity! 

It has not been an easy decision to make, and I didn't make it lightly.  I truly believe this is the right decision to make at this stage in my life, and that it will all work out great.

But now it is simply time to move on.  Here's to harmony, and happiness!

"What is happiness except the simple harmony between a person and the life they lead."
                                                                                            -- Albert Camus

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