There are times in your life when you sit back and evaluate what you’ve done so far. What have you accomplished? Or, perhaps, a better question to ask: What do you still want to do? One of the best times to do this may be in the fortieth year.
The Fortieth Year
I reached a milestone in 2013 on my birthday as I reached the big four-zero. No, I didn’t feel any differently than I did at thirty-nine. Yes, I was still the same person. No, the world didn’t end and my life didn’t nosedive into a midlife crisis.
What did I do? I did what I always do…I kept doing the same thing. I kept going as was normal. Now, I take a moment to ask myself, what have I done? What are my accomplishments and did I learn from my failures?
Time of The Doctor
This post is inspired by the words written by Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat for Matt Smith’s final speech as the beloved Eleventh Doctor. Imagine The Doctor moments away from changing into the Twelfth Doctor incarnation as he painfully…tearfully…says:
But times change, and so must I.
We all change.
When you think about it, we are all different people, all through our lives and that’s okay, that’s good!
You’ve gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.
Keep Moving But Remember
He said you’ve gotta keep moving, which is true. The key – and the part that caught my attention – was when he uttered the words so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I know…we are not all different people and this was something written for a television show. But, think about it for a moment, aren’t we just that…different people all through our lives? Our college “self” and our first job “self” isn’t the “self” we are today. Right? I choose to think so.
I have roughly six months before I reach end end of my 40th year. I plan to take time during these six months to revisit some of the “people I’ve been along the way” so that I don’t forgot. Who knows…maybe I’ll remember something forgotten?
About Post Author:
I am the Human Resources Manager at MegaGate Broadband, Inc. serving in various capacities within the company since 1996. I am currently the Co-Social Media Director of Mississippi SHRM and the 2014-2015 Social Media Director for South Mississippi SHRM.
I am a longtime fan of Doctor Who and joined the HR Blogging community with the HR to Who blog in late 2012.