The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out and taken yours at the very moment when you didn’t know you needed it.
I’m reminded of some of my favourite words ever read. Words that have meant a lot more to me this week than ever before. Words… to live by. Words… to remind yourself of who you are and what you are capable of in this world.
“For what it’s worth… it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Today I received severance from my former employer. So, as I officially close the chapter that was 2018 and leave it behind me, I am also trying to not allow my past define me.
Tailoring my resume to showcase my strengths and make me stand out among what will be a pile of resumes is a lofty task. With the opportunity to sit down in front of you and explain why I am better than anyone you’ve ever met, I can do that. Gaining that opportunity, that’s where I doubt myself.
This is where I’m reminding myself that it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I can do this. I have the courage to start again. Progress, not perfection.