The Time of Change
I moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi twenty years ago and, as of Thursday morning, I said goodbye. I was twenty-three and in college at the time. Now, years later, I find myself having moved north approximately 100 miles – ready to begin a new chapter. Now, come with me on a journey as I look back on where I’ve been and look to the future of where I am going.
I blew into Hattiesburg like a leaf falling to the ground – not sure what I wanted to do in life or what like had in store for me. I was in college because that was what I was supposed to do. The dorm at William Carey College (now University) was my first home-away-from-home. Months later, Mark I apartments became my first residence to call my own.
I remember the first time I had cable – all 23 channels! I was in awe.
Then, I applied for a job at a local “cell phone company” and met someone who would become an amazing boss and friend, Aprille Lott. My roles changed as I learned more about the world of business. They were:
- Customer Service Rep
- Customer Service Team Leader
- Quality Assurance Coordinator
We became MegaGate in 2003 and my role changed to Customer Support Supervisor and then Executive Assistant. Finally, from 2005-2014, I was Human Resources Manager until the company was acquired by C Spire.
“We all change. When you think about it, we are all different people all through our lives.”
I made a choice to relocate to the Jackson area for a variety of reasons. What I did not expect was how saddening it would be to say “goodbye” to my life in Hattiesburg. I didn’t expect it to bring tears to my eyes when I walked around the building at 6184 US HWY 98 West – knowing it would be the last time for this chapter of my life.
“It just disappears, doesn’t it? Everything you are – gone in a moment like…breath on a mirror.”
As much as I might wish to do so, I can’t predict the future. I don’t know what it will bring, but – in the end – isn’t that part of what makes it fun?
The Time of The Doctor
2014 was a year when I found the words used by the Eleventh Doctor prior to his regeneration as almost perfect to my situation. I’ve shared many of those in this post already but I include them and a video below.
“We all change. When you think about it, we are all different people all through our lives. And that’s good. That’s ok. You’ve got to keep moving so long as you remember all the people you used to be. I will not forget one line of this – not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.”