New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings – Lao Tzu 

I am not sure of what I want to say, or what I am feeling. The only certainty that I have is that this is a new beginning for me. 

It only took one simple hello, and everything followed after. To put it simple, I got a new job and met new people. I’ve actually started one week ago, and I’ve had my hands full ever since. It is a normal job, from 9 – 5. I have the weekends off, and vacations are not a problem. There are also benefits, plus a good pay check.

That would be the simple description. 

Yet, it is not that simple. It is much more complicated than that, and the benefits are far better than I could imagine. I was so happy all week long, that my new colleagues thought that I was either that kind of person, or that I smoked something before coming to work. None of those are true, of course. I am not the happy go lucky kind of person, nor do I entertain myself with smoking week (cigarettes are my only poison). 

I was happy that I got a chance to start over from scratch in a place where no one knows me. If that is not a new beginning, I don’t know what is. 

It will be interesting to see where this will lead, since the entire department is new. Basically, we will be the foundation of a department of 30 people. At the moment, we are just 6 people.

Those 6 people – myself included- with the team leads, will be flying out to Belgium for training. Three weeks, followed by a break of two weeks at home, and then another three weeks of practical implementation. This is a huge opportunity for me. I have never been on my own (without John), and never for such long periods of time. 

At the beginning, I was unsure if I will be able to manage the challenge, or if I want the responsibilities, but now I am good. Why? Because, I’ve already been through the process. I know what to expect and what to do now. So, that old job of mine did had some use. It will be the base for my new beginning.