why did I stay for so long? Well, honestly, money was a big motivator. Whatever else the company did, it compensated me very well. It’s hard to give that up, especially in a tricky economy.
The main thing, though, was the people. I said in the backstory that I worked with great people, and it really was true. I didn’t want to leave them. Working with such a diverse group of folks was a genuine privilege. Lots of viewpoints, lots of laughter, lots of dedication, lots of respect. I had the opportunity to make friends out of colleagues, even across an ocean. Who doesn’t dream of working with folks like that? I knew I would miss them terribly if I left.
Then it dawned on me that a lot of them had already left or were about to leave anyway. People that think like I do will be few and far between there soon (not gone completely, though, thankfully!). I’d be missing them whether I was still working there or not. In a sad way, that made it easier to decide to go.
I was right, by the way. I do miss the people terribly. It’s only been a few weeks since my last day, but I miss seeing or talking to them. Even with all that’s going on, I think about them every day.