SQLPam's Blog

December 8, 2010

Belated birthday ramble

Filed under: Uncategorized — sqlpam @ 5:45 pm

I turned 50 on Monday, 11/29/2010.  A half century is a lot of life.  I think this one hit harder, not only because of the number but because I realized I was not where I thought I would be at this point in my life.  Here I am between jobs at a point when I thought I would be more stable.  I find myself saying more often than ever before “It is what it is.”  It is more than a phrase these days.  It is evidence that I am accepting that it is OK to not fit in a box and not fit even my expectations.  I am seeing this as an opportunity to redefine myself.

Being out of work does not mean I am idle.  It just means that I am not being paid for work I am doing these days.

My main task has been the organization of SQL Saturday #62 – Tampa.  This year I have more help than in the previous 3 years.  Jose Chinchilla (@SQLJoe) has been working with me.  We got a later than usual start this year due to nailing down dates and the venue.  Plus we have added a Day of Data.  So we are planning – not one – but two events.  Things are coming together.  We have selected our speakers and are now narrowing down the sessions before attempting to set a schedule.

My other task is cleaning out stuff that has been accumulating around the house.  Some of that is trip down memory lane, but for the most part it is painstaking.  I sort the stuff by which room it belongs to – I swear the stuff travels around the house.  Then, it is a matter of sorting what to keep, what to donate and what to trash.  Finally, if something makes it to the “what to keep” list – we need to find where it will live.  It seems so trivial – but the 50 year mark put some of this into perspective and started the process.

I had someone joke that turning 50 was better than the alternative – meaning dying before I turned 50.  I have to agree with that observation.  But I also see it as a kick in the butt.  There are things I had hoped to do by this stage in my life.  It is time to get them done.

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1 Comment »

  1. Good post. Been in that situation myself and to be honest by the end of it I was more technically adept than I’d ever been in my life. I kept reminding myself that it is not every day that you can pick and choose what you want to learn so to make the most of it whilst it lasted. Best of luck with finding what you want to do next!

    Comment by retracement — December 13, 2010 @ 10:13 am | Reply


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