I've never had such a mix of emotions in one day more than today. I knew it was going to be a bittersweet experience leaving a company that I've worked for nearly 6 years but I didn't think it would be like this.
I explained to someone today that leaving my previous roles felt different. I was either looking for something better without a care as to whom I left behind, or to move up the corporate ladder with no real ties or anything to ground me, or I was not really an impact player or important to a team; I was another employee ID in the system. Those departures were easy and less emotional.
Leaving my team here has been gut wrenching because I've grown with them. I've developed relationships that I hope and believe will truly stand the test of time and last my lifetime. We've had some ups and downs, celebrations and WTF moments, laughter and tears (but none more than today). We've grown as a team and as individuals supported by each other, giving guidance, taking insights, feeding passions, and opening doors.
Happily, I leave this door open behind me for others to follow or peer into. And I'll never close it because although I walk through it alone today, I hope to share the experiences on the other side of the threshold and/or to be joined by many in the not so distant future. This is my open door policy, and I hope to smile at those who enter rather than cry on my way out.