Someone whom I have never met, made this remark to me yesterday via email. Initially, it made me laugh, but I was left thinking about this statement and wondering how many mid-lifers or baby-boomers feel this way and is it good or bad?
I've had periods in my life and some quite recently when I have pondered about where my career has taken me and wondered whether I made the right decisions at certain points in my career/life. I can't say that I have regrets about career decisions that I have made, as for each decision made, something has always come of it. On occasions I may have dismissed the job as being just another experience, but at least after gaining that experience, I have learnt more about myself and which skills I don't want to develop further. I may not be in the place I envisioned being twenty years ago, but I'm happy with where I am currently and have plans in place to ensure that my current position keeps developing.
When I joined the New Zealand Police Force at 19 years of age I didn't envision leaving 18 years later, but that's what happened. I have no regrets joining the force and no regrets leaving. I would have had regrets if I had remained in that work though as my mind had opened up to other opportunities. That experience helped form the person I am today and I also developed some skills which have helped me tremendously since.
I believe that as long as we are constantly learning, developing our skillsets, our knowledge and networks then we can relax in the knowledge that we are doing what we can to prepare for any opportunities that come our way. The workforce has changed dramatically over the past 30 years and I believe we will see an even quicker rate of change over the next 5-10 years.
My view is that we are lucky to be working in such an exciting period of time as opportunities really are everywhere. With the use of the internet we can learn practically anything we set out to learn. I have just completed an Introductory Diploma in Social Media Marketing and it cost me nothing, except for the $5 which I paid for my certificate.
I feel that a fifty five year old wondering what they want to be when they grow up could be in an enviable position if they keep their skillsets and knowledge base current, ensuring they are ready for when that opportunity shows itself, which it will, if they keep attuned to their situation and surroundings.
In today's environment it's all about the journey rather than the destination and maybe some of us are destined to never grow up, that can't be a bad thing, surely.
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