The Long and Winding Road
August 28, 2012 by Lynn Faughey
The five hour drive home from taking my son to college to begin his freshman year left me a lot of time to think about things. Many things, like how is the little boy that I used to read Winnie the Pooh to starting college? Where did the last 18 years go? Did his father and I teach him everything he needs to know to survive on his own? It’s been a very nostalgic few days remembering bringing him home from the hospital, his first steps, his first day of kindergarten – braces, school dances, driving, graduation, it’s all a blur. In reflecting back on my son’s life, I can’t help but think of my own as well. Each milestone of his life marks a milestone of mine too.
What I hope my son understands as he begins the next chapter of his life is that moving forward doesn’t always mean a straight path that’s well defined when entering college. My personal journey has been a curvy path with many stops and each of those stops has helped me to become the person I am today. Engineering taught me problem solving skills. Working in corporate America taught me how to work with lots of different types and levels of people. Teaching taught me patience. My decorating business taught me how to be persistent in sales and gave me the confidence to create a business from a hobby. FlexPro is a compilation of all of my professional experiences in one extremely fulfilling and rewarding bundle. My thirst for knowledge has led me down a very varied and diverse road, but yet all of those twists and turns have taught me so much. I wouldn’t trade a single experience – personally or professionally for anything.
We all forge our own path, some of us more conventionally than others. What I hope that both of my kids understand is that there is no wrong way if you’re doing what’s right for you. If it challenges you to be better, makes you think and most importantly makes you happy, then maybe it’s worth pursuing. I’m blessed to have parents in my younger years and a husband in my adult years that understood the conventional career path was never going to challenge my desire to learn many new and different things. I hope I’ve taught my kids that even though they think they know what they want in life, it’s ok to change their minds. My wish is that they never stop learning, continue to challenge themselves in new ways, create opportunities where there seem to be none and most of all are happy. If they stay true to themselves and the amazing people they already are, I know their futures will be incredibly bright and fulfilling.
I hope that as you reflect back on your journey and where it’s taken you, you find yourself as happy and fulfilled as I do. No regrets, just one great ride!