Sunny days

First day of my vacation. And suddenly, after months of rain and low temperatures, summer is here. Might even be a heatwave this week, the first one of the year.

The heat is sticky and oppressive, though, which doesn’t help me unwind one bit. This is the second year (ever) where I’ve waited till late August to take some time off, and again I’m reminded that I should have taken off time sooner. I feel more stressed and more anxious than I have in a long time. And even though I know that it will be good to get away for a while, I know I won’t lose this feeling of anxiety until I’ve reached my holiday destination.

On the upside, I am really proud of all I’ve accomplished at work this summer. I feel I now have a firm grip on my new position and the gap in IT knowledge that I felt at the beginning of the year is now non-existing. It makes me feel confident and it’s confirmation that I am still able to amass new information in a short period of time.

The time off work will also give me an opportunity to reassess my goals and to think about where to go from here. I would like to get a new project that gives me more responsibility. Preferably in data protection or security, as I find that field fascinating.

But first things first, time to go pack a suitcase.

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