Pop the champagne ! Turn up the disco music !
This is my 100th post !
With all the stuff that I write about motherhood, this post it about the turn of events that got me here.
You see, right before knowing that I was going to be a mum, I was a hapless hamster in a wheel at my corporate IT sales job.
I had been in the “game” for over ten years and in that wheel, I never stopped.
Constantly on the phone; Always tapping at the computer; Forever bullied by sales managers pushing me to hit sales targets.
“Submit quote. Lock in customer meeting. Close deal. And repeat.”
It was more than coincidence that by the time I was pregnant, I had lost my mojo for the corporate world.
I no longer believed in what I was selling. I was burnt out. I was over the office politics.
Colleagues playing manipulative games. Idiots trying to trip others up, in the attempt to make themselves look like the corporate business hero.
It was all bollocks and I would go home in tears wondering how my life got to be so off-track.
How did it get to being so directionless ?
Why the hell was I still in that wheel ?
As it turned out – a week after I found out I was pregnant – one Monday morning, I was called into the boardroom. After a whole lot of waffle from the boss and his sidekick, they cordially gave me “the nudge”.
I handed over my laptop and phone immediately and I politely walked out the door.
(While really I should ‘ve just given them the finger).
People told me I should’ve sued them.
“Companies just can’t sack people anymore ! That’s illegal !”
Friends would say.
The thing is, that’s the corporate life for you.
Heartless, cold and cut-throat.
And, really. It was a blessing.
Two weeks after my *ahem* dismissal, we went for our first ultrasound. At almost 7 weeks pregnant, we found out we were having twins.
And instantaneously, the doctor told me that as it was monozygotic (two sacs, one placenta), I was immediately ranked as a high-risk pregnancy.
“Is your job stressful ?” she asked.
“Well, actually I just quit not too long ago.”
“Just as well…”
I’m one of those people who believe that things happen for a reason.
Although I was obviously unhappy with my hamster situation, Something had to happen to give me that push.
I couldn’t make that initial change on my own.
And now, here I am.
On a completely different journey.
One without corporate bullies or caged wheels to hold me back.