What did you do for your fifth birthday? Did you get a My Little Pony? Did you eat your weight in ice cream at Smorgy’s on the Pier? Salty the Seal would approve. Two flippers up.
How about your fifth wedding anniversary? Did you book a table for two at Sailor’s Rest, overlooking the waterfront? Did you continue the celebrations with the short walk to Home House for a Slippery Nipple and a Slut Drop? You’re all class my friend.
What about your five-year work anniversary? Is the half-decade milestone even celebrated? It’s like celebrating three months of dating… is it even a thing?
Work is a necessary evil… choice, I mean choice. You choose where to work, who to work with and what you do with your time. You also need to put fuel in the car and pay off that smashed avo at Sunday brunch with your bestie (the struggle is real #millennial).
“Where do you see yourself in five years?”
“Well Mary, I see myself living in Cinque Terre with my husband Ryan Reynolds and my two Scottish Terriers, Gerard Barkler and Ewan McWoofor, and not answering your bullsh*t self-reflection, career-focused questions, Mary”.
But TBH, it’s kind of a big deal. It’s five days a week, 48 weeks a year, for five years. That’s 1200 days at work. I’m not breaking it down into hours because that is math and I push buttons for a living…
I ask because I’ve just celebrated my fifth anniversary at K rock Geelong.
This isn’t a campaign to introduce bi-decade long service (though I wouldn’t be against that either); it’s just an incredible milestone for me. It’s the longest I have worked at one radio station. My mind is blown.
Looking back on it now, it’s gone fast. The approximate representation of time would look like this:
Month 1 – Month 2 – Year 1 – Year 2… Nek minnit YEAR 5. WTF!
There are many incredible reasons I call Geelong home. I’ve written about many of them before, and I’ve taken the time to remind myself how fortunate I am to be surrounded by an amazing group of friends, opportunities, and beaches.
But I have let myself down.
There is one thing I have never done. I have never made a vision board. I have left so much to chance, passing opportunities and luck, that I have never really knuckled down and been honest with myself with what I want. I’ve been afraid of failure. I’ve been lazy with consistency.
So, my fifth anniversary present to myself is a vision board. It’s perfect because the traditional gift on a five-year anniversary is paper. I’ll arm myself with scissors, a glue gun, a poster board and my dreams. I have worked HARD my entire career so now it’s time to set out my plan for where I want the hard work to lead.
… And cake. Because every celebration needs cake.
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Stampsy is the Music Director and Drive Announcer at Krock in Geelong