I love change. I thrive on change. Afterall, I was a trip director for many years and traveled the world from one coast to the other every few days/weeks. Jet lag was unheard of because I was constantly in a different time zone with crazy working hours. My body clock was non-existent. I went by what the actual clock said. If it read 10pm, it was 10pm. It didn’t matter that the day prior I was 3 time zones earlier and yesterday at this exact time it was only 7pm. Today it was 10pm.
I worked with a different client every few days. No two programs were alike. No two programs had the same staff. No two programs were at the same hotel or even in the same city. It was always new, different and exciting. Don’t get me wrong though. Not all programs were fun; they were just all different.
I have lived in many different houses over the years and have had many different roommates. I have even lived in several different states. I love change.
And then I met Jim and things changed. He bought a townhouse and we moved in together. We got a dog. I got a full time 8-5 meeting planner job and had an office. I commuted every day and traveled much less. We got married, moved from Denver to Atlanta, started new jobs, bought a house and had two boys. Some would say that those events in life (marriage; moving and a new job) are three of the top stresses in one’s life. Well we did those three things all in a 2 week time period. Yes. You heard me correctly. We got married and 1 week later we moved from Denver to Atlanta and 3 days later started a new job. What were we thinking?! But don’t worry, the house and two boys came over the next several years so at least we didn’t try to take it all on at once.
I don’t travel at all for work anymore and I don’t miss it. Well, maybe once a year I remember the road days and smile, but I certainly wouldn’t go back to that lifestyle now. You couldn’t pay me enough to leave my boys on a regular basis (all three of them!). I love my house and my routines and the consistency of it all.
Even with the routines and lack of travel there is still change in our daily lives. It’s just that change is different now. I still like change, but I don’t thrive on it like I used to. I was actually upset the other day when I went to Target for my I-alway- buy-the-exact-same-type of Colgate toothpaste only to discover they were out. How do you run out of a specific toothpaste?! I seriously considered going to another store because I just wasn’t sure about changing it up. But I didn’t. I found the closest thing to what I normally buy and got this one instead. AND I LOVE IT! I think I have a new toothpaste!!
That’s the funny thing about change. Even the little things can make a difference and put a smile on my face…..