While I keep up with a lot of my former colleagues, I haven’t actually been on the MegaCorp campus and in the buildings since I left on April Fool’s Day. That changed this week as I went to lunch with a friend on Wednesday (thanks, DC!) and had a chance to come into the office as a “VISITOR” and say “Hi!” to my friends during the work day.
I certainly wasn’t dressed for business – which was a little awkward. I was playing tennis right after lunch and just had shorts and a polo shirt on. That’s pretty much my summer uniform now and everyone commented on my relaxed attire and tan. It was definitely an extended moment of deja vu to see people scurrying around from meeting to meeting and offices filled with familiar faces and conversations.
As the Fitzgerald quote highlights, everything did seem the same at MegaCorp as the day I left, but my life has changed dramatically. Overall, I would say that my attitudes toward time, busy-ness, and personal freedom have changed permanently from before. I have had a few people approach me about new opportunities, but don’t think I can take on an extended obligation again – even after only five months of our new lifestyle.
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