Started my new job today. Team Leader of the GIS and Information Team at Greenwich Council. I have all the skills, the background and the personality to do this job. I am completely prepared. It is what I should be doing - a new challenge - a big project. I remember how hard I worked as an undergrad and I can do that again, if I have a purpose. I'd also never felt quite so unprepared today. Me? Lead a team? You've got to be joking! People who have been in the council since the dawn of time - doing things in exactly the way they do it because that's just how it's been done. And I waltz in, from the outside, and I's gonna sort shit out and make this into a real team. OMG - collect yourself! I suppose it is true, the whole nothing to fear but fear itself, but fear is quite a fearful thing. Well, I just have to approach it in small bits - be organised, be reasonable, be a pushy pain in the ass, accept what needs to be accepted and push for the things I can. God I sound like a cliche. Anyway, it really is what I need - I'd grown comfortable - didn't really try that hard - I'd kinda forgotten what it is to work my ass off for something I believe.
In a job I suppose fit for a geographer, I will be crossing the Prime Meridian every day on the way to work. I suppose there is something vaguely cosmically exciting about that. Tomorrow will be my first day to bike there. Today was, hopefully, my only day to wear a tie. ;-)
Anyway, just remember the most useful thing I learned from 8th grade - "just try not to trip, fall, pee your pants or make the fire alarm go off and you will be fine."
Good words, those.
And I just read about the Boston Marathon. I don't know what to say, not at all. Just horror and dread about what is now to come.