As I was reviewing my calendar to wrap my scrambled brain around all of the upcoming events in the next months, including the Philly Bike Expo (that’s another post), I suddenly said to myself “how the H is September here already?”
This summer seems to have gone by faster than any in the past 22 years. In the past, the dreaded return to school (high school) and the extreme desire to get back to school (college) usually resulted in the month of August being stretched out worse than Mel Gibson at the end of Braveheart. But since I’m not returning to school, the months just keep on rolling by. A small effect of being in “the real world”, right?
Wrong. My first day at Princeton Tec, Gerard even told me “when you get to ‘the real world,’ please let me know.” He was right. Working for Princeton Tec has completely changed my outlook on what I want to do for the rest of my life. To be honest, I dreamed of donning the tailored suit, shirt and tie, and all-around ‘Mad Men’ attitude to be some big shot at an advertising agency in some big city.
Plans change, people change, things change. These summer months have flown by so fast because I’ve been busy working at a company I never truly saw myself fitting in with. However, after these past months working side by side with some of the most talented and passionate people across five specialty categories, I have truly been able to gain an astronomical amount of experience in such a short amount of time. I’m beginning to learn that I’m not always right (I’m very rarely right, actually), but there is always someone at PTec who is willing to guide me in the right direction and inspire me to do better. And outside of work, these guys continue to inspire. Biking, camping, scuba diving, you name it. These first months at PTec have brought back my desire to be outside and underwater. My fondest memory of this summer has been hiking the Pinchot Trail up in Lackawanna, PA. It was no big deal at all, I just decided I wanted to get outside and do something, because that’s what PTec people do.
I’ve decided to hang up the thoughts of wearing a suit and tie, and think of myself in a wetsuit or a pair of ski boots instead - because that’s where I belong.