…becoming a Mother for the first time.
There’s the anticipation of something new. The transition phase you move through as you leave one life behind and approach the next. The sense you have of being competent in what it is you do and a quiet assuredness that this next stage will be OK, you’ll be up for it.
Then it happens. The birth of the new. There’s the intake of breath when you walk through the door and appreciate the expectation, the responsibility that lies with you. The realisation that you really don’t know the rules, that you have so much to learn. You need to understand the personality, appreciate that it’s developed and you need to work with it, not fight against it.
You leap in, because it demands that you do. Sometimes there is calm, but often there is chaos as you stumble from one new experience to the next. You are constantly learning, and it engulfs you. You feel out of your depth and you seek reassurance – you are grateful when others reach out and offer support, a kind word, an encouraging smile.
As the weeks go by, the new becomes more familiar. There are ups and downs, moments where confidence reigns and moments where it plummets, but gradually, you begin to find a routine. You begin to move in step with the new.
You’ve reached an understanding, a reciprocal relationship. You’re in this together.
4 Replies to “Starting a new job is like…”
Sounds scary, Jenny. Didn’t take you long to settle in. Hope to catch up some time this year.
Still finding my way, but getting there. We must catch up. 🙂
Beautifully expressed, an apt comparison. Enjoy the highs and learn from the lows, keep up the good work.
You Go Girl – of course you are jumping in with your usual enthusiasm – great to hear x