I’m in Tennessee. On Tuesday night I decided to go look for a Chinese restaurant, and hit Wal-Mart while I was out. I asked the front desk if there was a Wal-Mart close by (had to buy some stuff) and figured I’d find some restaurants near the Wal-Mart. They said it was kind of far away, and instead of getting directions, I figured I’d just use my GPS. I knew exactly what I wanted (shaving cream & Chinese food (not together)), where I should go (Wal-Mart), and how to get there (with “The Lady,” aka, my Magellan GPS).
I got on the highway, obedient to The Lady, and quickly found myself in some of the worst traffic I’ve ever been in. About an hour later I got to the Wal-Mart that was only 10 minutes away, but decided to look for a Chinese restaurant before going to Wal-Mart. I drove around aimlessly for quite a while, got frustrated and decided to just go into a Walgreens to get the shaving cream.
About 90 minutes had passed by this point, I was hungry and tired.
As I got close to my hotel I found a Chinese restaurant. Only 2 blocks from my hotel.
And I found a Walgreens close to the Chinese restaurant.
I had spent almost two hours driving around, looking, chasing my dream, getting hungrier and more frustrated as time went on… and everything I wanted was just a minute or two from my hotel.
I think it’s kind of like our careers. We have this plan… this idea of how things are supposed to go, and we chase it for years, maybe decades, only to find what we really wanted was right under our nose.
I hope your career bliss doesn’t take the same path my Wal-Mart trip took 😉