Life’s too long for you to get it wrong
— Annie, “I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me”
Questionable capitalization and novelty spelling aside, “I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me” by Norwegian singer Annie is actually a pretty great pop song. (I know, there goes all my music cred.) Even beyond that, though, it contains one of my favourite song lyrics ever. While everyone and everything — books, movies, parents, fortune cookies, graffiti — tends to remind us how short life is, here we get the other perspective: Life is just too long to live with a bad decision or something that isn’t right anymore.
And now that I write that, I fear people might be jumping to the wrong conclusion, so let me get to the point quickly: I hit my one-year anniversary at Mozilla back in March and it made me realize — as I often do — how happy I am to be here and that applying for this position was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
The bad situation I’m referring to was my previous job, which started off fantastic, but gradually changed until it was no longer the right place for me. Leaving that behind would have been the right decision regardless, but the fact that I ended up here just highlights how wrong it would have been to stay.
The last year — and a bit now — has been an amazing ride. I can’t believe it’s already been that long. On the other hand, I can’t believe it’s only been that long. The time has gone by so quickly, in some ways I feel like I’m just finally getting caught up and starting to click with everyone, but I’ve also learned and done so much that it feels like I’ve been here for years.
Of course, there’s another side to this coin: When you make the right decision, life goes right back to being too short again.