I don't know how people managed to do this work prior to the great internet. I mean...they had to write a letter, put a stamp on it and then hope that there was some kind of postal service where they were serving. Then it probably took a month or more to get to the intended recipient. Then another month or 2 to get a response. And forget about calling on the phone! Talk about making a sacrifice!
I've been fortunate to really enjoy the people I've worked with. I mean, I have to admit that there were times when I had to really work to keep my mouth shut and just nod my head, but for the most part, I've loved my job for the past 6 years. I don't know that I would change anything or anyone about it. I've learned lots about security and more importantly, about myself in the process. When you're in the comfort of your hometown of Anywhere, U.S.A., the thought of chucking it all and living in who knows where might intimidate most people. I decided to do just that in 2007 and applied to the Department of State. Best thing I ever did for myself.
About learning about myself...The people I've met, places I've seen and things I've experienced would have never ever happened if I had not taken this job. I've knocked so many things off my Bucket List! I've discovered the adventurous side of myself and I'm going to have to work at not letting it fade once I retire in June. I have a few things in mind to keep me busy when I'm no longer gainfully employed.
In the meantime, I look forward to more time with three angels...my grandsons. That will mean seeing them more than just once a year on Home Leave. Somewhere in my budgeting, I'll have to find room for a couple of trips to Hawaii a year to see them.