On December 26, 2004, my husband, my 8 and 11-year old children and I were on the beach in Patong when the massive tsunami hit the coast of Thailand. We were incredibly lucky. Although we were caught by the waves as we were running off the beach, we were carried across the road into an empty lot.
So with Tony’s tools, I started to define more specifically the person I wanted to be. As I strove to apply what I was learning, I was handed the opportunity of my lifetime, a continuing education opportunity on “becoming more efficient”, offered by IBM in France.
My first encounter with psychology was pre-adolescent. I was having trouble getting along with other kids. I wanted to force them to play with me. Frankly – I was ostracized the first few years of our life in North Carolina by the children my age because I was a “yankee”. Forget playing with me, they didn’t talk to me for a couple years and I’m not making this up!
A good friend of my mother’s asked me when I was 18 or 19 – what makes you happy? She said it’s the hardest question you’ll ever ask yourself and for so many years it was. So here I am now, so many years later, trying still to answer that question. A few years ago now, my good friend and colleague Kinga Parrot asked me something similar over lunch.
As I have said my goodbyes at IBM over the last few days, it seems every person I have talked to is at a turning point in their careers. Turns out there is no age at which this happens specifically, which shouldn’t have surprised me. I don’t know about you, but I landed in marketing purely by chance.
I am a soon to be 50 year old woman, child, wife, mother, grandmother, marketer, poet and dreamer. Lately I feel like I have rediscovered life. Is it the beautiful grandson we have now? Is it just the passing of time and learning of lessons? Is it just a passing phase? Hmmmmm.