I still remember the day I walked in that place… fresh out of college, child-like, naïve, unprepared for the real world.
…and now, I walk out of the same place. This time… stronger, grown-up, not necessarily prepared but braver and wiser.
After 4 years, 10 months… it’s time. While it is not something that I really wanted to do, it feels better that I have done it. That I chose to take something I will never know what it would turn out to be had I stayed to what I used to. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, as they say.
OT-ys, weekend work, Christmas and New Year celebrations in the office, conference calls in MRT stations, change controls in between vacations, 23 hours shift straight, missed reunions, lack of sleep and all pressure and tears. I know these don’t sound good to the ears but nothing worth having ever comes easy.
And while I am pretty sure, I won’t miss these (haha), I’d definitely yearn for the people who made my work-life a lot less stressful. People I have learned to love and value. People I never would have met had I chosen a different path. People I owe most of what I know when it comes to professional and technical knowledge. People who became my second parents, siblings and faithful friends. They taught me to sink or swim, to make the best out of every situation, and to believe that there is always an area of opportunity to improve even if it seems perfectly good.
I am thankful that I was surrounded with people who shaped, inspired, brought out the best, and helped me become the person I am today. I know I’m hardly there yet. I am still beginning to get to know the world, and even with my limited knowledge, I am learning.
I’ll be back, maybe. Until then I’ll be at my best… an invigorated person with more insights and learning to share… and a few exciting stories to tell.
After all, Accenture will always be my second home.