Lately I have been thinking a lot about where I want to be in ten years time, or even by the time I am 35 (a little less than a decade).

That other job opportunity I mentioned weeks back, it finally landed. It’s a good opportunity, more predictable upside and stability. I expect it to have more regular hours, more comprehensive benefits, and the opportunity to improve my craft (I am recognizing that I have a skill set that employers want – like I will actually get paid for what I can do!)

Well, so part of the onboarding process is a background check where they ask you to complete your last 10 years of work experience. Ten years. That was right when I graduated high school! Eighteen year old me didn’t have good record keeping!

The HR said not to worry about it and just to complete the full-time experiences, but I wanted to give credit to all that I’ve done. And plus, I would rather report it than have them come back with identifying those roles from W2s or some other tax return filing that I wouldn’t be able to provide more information on.

And when I was tasked to think about it, I realized that I have done a lot during this past decade. I held many jobs and roles during the years, and when I was trying to complete the dates of employment accurately for the background check… I realized I had overlapping internships and a good spectrum of experience across the board. All of this was to make money and fill my resume, my experiences then didn’t have much rhyme or reason except that I was smart and could do the job.

But now. Now as I am considering how to design my life and what kind of work actually brings satisfaction, however fleeting that feeling may be, I realize that I want to do this kind of work. I am good at this kind of work. And competence breeds confidence (as I told my interns).

I am excited about the opportunity and I believe I am in a better mindset to deal with problems. Life is just a series of problems to be solved. So many people wish they didn’t have any problems. That they could live a problem-free life. Sam Harris asks us, did we really wake up and expect to not have any problems? Not one? And to wish for a life where problems just didn’t come up? Think about it.

So cheers to the next decade and the problems to come. Afterall, I was only able to get this job and the next job, and my past ten years of opportunities because there were problems to be solved. And I am after-all, like my species, a problem solver.

Life isn’t full of problems.
Problems and solving them, make a life.