I recently listened to an interview with Kieran Setiya, a philosophy professor at MIT, who has written a book about career transitions and the special challenges of mid-life. I was especially struck by his thoughts on opportunity cost. I know my recent career transition was absolutely the right thing. But it’s also been a time of memories, thoughts, reflections, and a certain amount of disorientation as I move forward into a new endeavor.
Some people shy away from these emotions. No one likes feeling “out of sorts.” But I think it’s just a normal part of processing the ups and downs of the past few years and giving them an honored place in my personal history.
Perhaps tellingly, I’ve been laughing more too, so that’s a step in the right direction. All the things I have to share with you today are funny!
I love to read about history and even current events, but at the same time I wish there were more places for my thoughts about it to go.
The takeaway: be yourself! You don’t have a choice anyway, so you might as well enjoy it!