When I took my job everyone (including my new employers) wondered if I would miss working in a veterinary clinic and want to go back.
I thought I would miss it too and figured that I’d get over it…but I don’t miss it.
Yes, there are aspects of the job that I do miss: being around puppies is pretty awesome, and getting to know the pets and their people is (usually) fun and rewarding. There are a number of pets and people that touched my heart in the seven years I was in the industry, and even though it’s unlikely I will see them again I still carry those memories. The people I worked with were an amazing bunch and I’ve learned a lot from everyone that was a part of my career in the veterinary world, especially the doctors and staff at the clinic that took me in as a practicum student and hired me.
I know in the grand scheme of things that my job isn’t important. I don’t save lives or invent iPods. I do help make the day easier and smoother for a dedicated bunch of people, and I feel like my contributions matter. At the end of the day when I leave I want to feel satisfied that I did something – and in this job I do. I’ll never be famous for being a world-renowned IT administrator and I won’t change the world, but you know what? I’m happy if I can keep the database working properly and get the maximum efficiency from the workflow.
One thing I want to work on is my creativity. I am a creative person, but I have a hard time finding time to express it. I’m going to make it a priority because I think – no, I know it will be good for me. Like motorcycling helped my confidence, re-attuning myself with my creativity will make me more confident and happier.