A New Beginning
Today, I turned a corner.
At around 7:55am, I found myself unlocking the door to the store where I'd worked for the past two and a half years. I was accompanied by colleagues, who were friends, and together we began the last day of my employment with the electrical retailer.
Following a motivational team briefing, which I'd only had the chance to practise a handful of times before, I opened the doors to the public for my first and last time. The next several hours passed quickly, and I found myself enjoying every moment of leading the team. It's something I love to do. It's a privilege to be a part of team that works well, and this team certainly does. My last day in the business was spent solely in charge of the multi-million pound turnover store, and what a day it transpired to be.
It was midday when the tannoy rang my name, and I was summoned to the front of the store. I found smiling faces, a cake decorated with sparklers, and a colleague dressed as a flight attendent. I couldn't believe my eyes, and neither could our customers. We laughed, we reminisced, and we made the most.
As quickly as the last few years had passed, my final day was drawing to a close. The handshakes were made, the contact details exchanged. We'd stay in touch.
It wasn't until I was driving home, over the route I'd driven hundreds of times before, that I realised that this was a new beginning. I was driving myself away from my first employment, and toward the place I'd always dreamed I'd go.
My journey had begun.