A couple of years ago I quit a job I loved in order to work closer to home and spend more time with my kids. It was a tough decision but definitely not one I have regretted. What I didn’t expect is to find a different career path and with that, realizing my life is now headed in a different direction professionally than I had planned.
Today as I went for a run I listened to a pod in which the interviewee shared the importance of being realistic in where you are in life and setting goals that align with what is most important to you. For example, if you have two young children and work full time, maybe an ultra run is not quite right for this time in your life. And that’s ok, because you can still enjoy running with goals that fit with the importance of spending time with your kids, growing your career, etc. This really hit home with me as I realized though I thought I’d come to a resolution with what I’d given up with a job I loved, I still was living with sadness I couldn’t meet some of those life goals I had set for myself. But as I thought about this and translated it from the running metaphor, it became clear to me just as I have adjusted my lifestyle for realistic running goals, I need to adjust my career goals to fit what works best for my life today, not 23 year old me. Today my girls are most important to me. Providing a life where I can be there for them when they wake up, attend school events, and build those memories in those routine moments is much more important than any job I enjoy.
At the end of the day, my family is everything. So just like last year when I ran a 10 k instead of a half marathon so I could spend more evenings and weekends with my kids and get caught up on other areas on my life I wanted to focus on , I will adjust my expectations in my work life and make new goals for present day me.
One day at a time, one goal at a time.