Friday, June 25, 2010

Where did 15 years go?

15 years, seriously? Where did it go? As I got here to work this morning and realized that my annual performance review was due today I started thinking. I looked at the heading and it includes my hire date June 25, 1995. Fifteen years ago today. Wow. A lot has happened in the past 15 years. Some bad but most good.
If you consider a working career with a company 30 years then I guess I am at the mid-point. Everything is down hill to retirement right? I seriously need to keep working though because my investments and portfolio aren't nearly ready to support me and my family yet.
I included the most recently taken picture of me that I can find. Taken at our friends' 25 wedding vow ceremony, or more specifically at the party after. I look at myself and how I have aged from that kid that 15 years ago who fresh off a failed first career out of college attempt took the next job with benefits that came along. I figured I would work here a few years until I found my true calling. Did that true calling ever come? Maybe it has and I just never realized it. I have a few things that I would like to tell that kid from fifteen years ago who was so care free and had his whole life in front of him. A few things maybe but I don't think I would tell him to change much. Here's hoping the next fifteen years go well also.

-Doc

14 comments:

Raquel's World said...

Heres to your next 15 years! Glad you aren't full of regrets.

Karen said...

15 years in one place in today's world is unheard of. That is so awesome. I love it. Congrats.

Jeff B said...

You're wise to be considering retirement needs now. Many don't until they are well into their working life and realize too late they aren't going to be ready.

Congrats on 15 years.

Mrs. D said...

Happy 15th anniversary :-) It's a good sign that you wouldn't change much.

Jay said...

The next fifteen will fly by as you watch Doc Jr. grow up. You'll be sitting in a deck chair at the retirement home chosen by Doc. Jr before you know it. haha

Dana said...

Wow! 15 years is an eternity these days in the professional world!

And just think, in 15 years you'll be at lil' Doc's high school graduation!

Disaster Chick said...

Congratulations on 15 years. Do you get a pin or something? May your next 15 years be as good if not better. Having few things to change in your life is a blessing.

The Mountain Cat said...

Doc, Glad I've been along for your ride that last 15 years plus!

Tammy said...

Time does go so fast. I just resigned my job of 16 years because we are relocating. And I am still in mourning...it is a huge chunk of your life. Plus now that I have all those years of experience, I am not so desirable anymore in my field. Happy Anniversary!!

The AbsolutGator said...

Doc of 15 years ago, "Holy crap! You look like me...but bigger."

Doc of now, "I know, dude. Just keep your mouth shut...I got some advice for ya."

"What, something I should or shouldn't do?"

"Yep. You are going to meet a guy in a few months named Crews and become great friends."

"Thats a should...check.

"Now for the shouldn't. Even though he's a cool cat, don't invite him to go with you to Savannah for St. Patty's day....ever!"

Charlene said...

Congratulations. Glad you have a good job and have stuck with it!!!

Doc said...

HAHAHAHA - Good one Absolut!

HalfAsstic.com said...

Congrats, Doc! Fifteen years is an accomplishment worth some notice!

Nitisha Pande said...

15 years on, and you're still as positive and enthusiastic. In the world of easily dissatisfied 2010, that is an unheard-of feat!
Here's to 15 more! :)