I had my monthly one-on-one with my supervisor this week. It went well. I told her the things I am currently working on. She was pleased with my speed at completing the tasks needed to close out the month (financially speaking). I also told her about the one-on-one with Mr. CFO the week before. “We talk about you all the time.” She said.
When I told her Mr. CFO asked what I wanted to do when the current system becomes fully automated, I said I wanted to learn more about the current software and report designing. “You’d be good at that.” She told me.
“You are the only person,” she said, “that I know of who can pick up a skill just by one demonstration.”
“I think it’s because,” I replied, “I learned a lot of hard stuff before this job, so now everything feels easy to me.”
It is very true. My previous 3 accounting jobs involved me setting up accounting systems for startups. I went from a staff accountant to doing accounts receivable and billing. Wow, that’s going backwards in a career, all right, and this made me realize I did quite a few things backwards (learned the difficult stuff first) in the 30 years I’ve lived so far.
- I finished my engineering degree (a much harder degree) before pursuing an accounting degree which took half the time.
- I had to learn to be a grown-up when I was a child. I learned adulting before I was 10.
- I learned the mechanics of a car before learning to drive and I don’t mean the stuff taught in Driver’s Ed. I mean much before I was eligible to drive. I think I was 12 or 13.
- Had to learn to manage household finances, complete household chores, go to high school, and leave alone at 16
- and many more….
In the recent months, it feels like life has at last leveled out, at least, I feel like it has even if it’s just a little bit. Hopefully I haven’t jinxed it. Until then, I will just take it day by day and take a whack at the difficult stuff when it comes my way.