Today is my brother’s birthday. It makes me feel old to think that my little brother would have been 28 today.
When I was fresh out of college, recently transplanted by my husband to a new “big” city, I was desperate to find a job. A degree in graphic design didn’t leave me too many options, and I found that the criteria for a “good” job boiled down to 1) paid the bills and 2) I could walk to it. We lived downtown in a cool city loft, and I finally found a job working as a secretary in a law office that specialized in immigration. Within weeks, I moved up the ladder, became a “paralegal” (I use the word loosely since I didn’t have any formal training!), and ended up with a swanky corner office on the 33rd floor of the tallest building in town. I remember how proud I was! I brought in some vintage maps to hang on the wall, an oriental rug, and tons of plants. I loved my office. I loved my job (well, it was a love/hate relationship actually)….
My brother came to visit me, and I proudly escorted him all over town. I showed him all the great places to eat, our awesome library that was just blocks from where we lived. I bragged that we were only minutes from the baseball stadium, and finally I took him to my office after hours so he could see what all the fuss was about. He smiled at me. I said “isn’t this great?” He said “yeah!” Then as we were walking out, he said “it just isn’t what I always thought you would be doing.” I asked him what he thought I would be doing, and he said he didn’t know. He just didn’t think I would be the “corporate” type.
I didn’t know it at the time, but he was so right. He was so right.
I think that he would be proud of what I am doing now. It is much more fitting that my office today is a studio filled with fabric, notions, photography equipment, art papers, stacks of books, and my kids running circles around me. Every nook and cranny is filled with interest. All the little bits and pieces of my life smooshed into one little room. I’ve come a long way.
Even though I can still think fondly of my corner office that I left behind, I know that I’m headed in the right direction now. Thank you, Ross.