Cleaning out the contents of my laptop was symbolically instrumental in marking the end of my Accenture career. My little 12 GB hard drive was perpetually on the verge of running out of space; I had to offload photos and other files from it on a weekly basis just to keep enough space free for the swap file. In a surprisingly short amount of time, though, I had freed up something like half of my hard drive. It took just a couple of hours to undo three years of accumulated work, both business and personal.

The frosted company logo on the glass office doors looked the same as always, but I certainly felt very different as I walked through them for the last time.

I had to stop by the main office in Reston to drop off my laptop. I stepped out the front door for the last time, and once again I was struck with the simliarities between this situation and the day I left college. I stepped out and turned around to look at the building. I was there when it was dedicated some four years ago, when I was still in the beginning of my career and already feeling frustrated at myself. I half expected to be glad that I was leaving. It turned out that I was somewhere on the border, stuck between looking forward to the path I’ve chosen and wishing to stay within the comfortable routine I’d established some time ago.

But nothing lasts forever, right? I turned back around, crossed the street, and walked to my car.

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