Am I a relic for being at a place for ten years?
I woke up today having passed the ten year mark at my agency of work. I rose steadily throughout the ranks to the point where I am now Vice President. Ostensibly, I run the organization and my input is highly valued. I will not continue with that line of thought. I want to focus for a second on me. In the grand scheme of things, does ten years make me a relic?
For many people, ten years would signal a passage into “relic-doom”. I have stayed up to date and continue to be innovative despite challenging barriers. I still have my wit, smarts and sharp tongue. Most importantly, I still have integrity. Many people lose that along the way as they get comfortable with the passage of time. Some adhere to the feeling and thought of “thats how it has always been”. Luckily, I have yet to subscribe to that line of thinking. However, I am tired. Ten years with the same craziness, problems and self-perpetrated fires from five years ago is a bit jarring. Another ten years of that would be unhealthy, to say the least.
I look at the photos I took in Italy and Japan of old relics. They have withstood the test of time, the environmental elements and being stepped on by millions. They are layered and complex. When you view them today, that view is different from what it would have been 100 years ago and how it will look 100 years from now. The base is stable in that the architecture is solid and won’t necessarily grow but yet its placement in society changes.
Am I a relic? No, I am not. Change is always welcomed and change will come.