I was attracted to you by your flip-flops and graphic tees. You shone with panache and flair that spat in the face of corporate pride. You stayed classy and relaxed in a building that enjoyed enforcing outdated and uppity ideals. You were the back-beat to my kick drum in a world of violins.
We officially became a couple on May 9. I never thought I would be the type to remember the exact date of our first date. Then you blew all of my presuppositions out of the water.
From the beginning, you made sure to take care of me. You kept communication open, for real. You followed through when you said you would. You made sure we touched base each morning to see how things were going. You continually ask me what my goals are, and you help me grow as an individual.
Because you know I like reading, you occasionally give me books that we discuss together later.
You think servant leadership is the greatest, and you aren’t afraid to flaunt it, in a humble way.
You are always giving back to the community, and you encourage me to take time from my busy work day to get out and help out.
Even when altruism isn’t the motivating factor, you tell me it’s okay to come in late, leave early, take a long lunch, put my family first, etc. You always say “Yes, if…” instead of “No, because…”, just because you want to continue improving.
You challenge me to be a better me without being condescending. I didn’t think that was possible. You also don’t value me based on doing everything just right. I also didn’t think that was possible. You’ve changed my mind about a lot of things.
I prayed about making the right choice before we made it official. I felt the Lord’s blessing, and I rushed to receive it to the fullest. He blew me away with the fulfillment I felt because I waited on His guiding peace. He’s used you to teach me and help me identify the lies I believed about “your type” in the past. I thought the only good job was a…well, I didn’t think a good job existed. I didn’t think I could be happy going to work each day.
You changed all that.
And now we both know that our relationship has a projected end date. We may only be together three more years, at the most.
It was beyond our control, beyond our knowledge. It only makes the time we have together that much sweeter.
I have laughed, cried, been hopeless, been hopeful, been sad, been happy, pretended like it wasn’t happening since I was told that, “Yes, it is happening.”
“In about three years…”
No more seeing you every day. No more lunches with you. No more spontaneous team activities. No more silly, fun Twitter posts about what we did together last week.
“In about three years…”
Thank you for being you, beloved job.
Thank you for proving that working is not a life sentence; it can be a joy and a privilege, and way more educational than grad school. And high school. And elementary school.
Work can be enjoyable and I can actually be good at it.
Thank you for proving that you are worth it. Thanks for being everything I thought you would be, and more.
Thank you for letting God use you to bring me closer to Christ and filling me with His life as I spend time with you each day.
Missing you already,