Sometimes, when things aren’t going great, it takes something out of the ordinary to get you back on track. That happened to me the week before last in the form of an impromptu overnight trip to Stockholm.
My boss was supposed to be back from holiday on the Monday, but she was ill. I continued to work on things that I had on the week she was away and anticipated that she would soon return. I knew that she was scheduled to fly to Stockholm the Wednesday, and I figured that she would probably be back by then. Flash-forward to Wednesday morning, and I still haven’t seen her. Her boss, my boss’-boss (grandboss? B-B?) informs me that she spoke to my boss and that she sounds terrible, went to the doctor and won’t be back. Therefore I will need to focus on getting the preparations finished,as my grandboss would now go alone. At this point, I went back to my desk, thought for a second that, just maybe, there might be an opportunity here for me.
So, I went back to my grandboss and asked if there was any possibility of me going to Sweden instead of my now sick boss. Lo and behold, she says to check and see, and if so, yes I could! So I checked, and it was possible, so I ran home at lunch to pack an overnight bag (and pick up pants that were being hemmed that I now needed to bring with me), ran back to work, finished the prep work with my grandboss, ordered the cab and went to Sweden!
It was a short trip and we were literally a minute from missing our flight, but I got to meet co-workers I had never met face-to-face, took part in an interesting and informative meeting and got to drive around the Stockholm area. I had been there once before, but that was almost 2 years ago, so it was great to be back.
The trip really energized me, and I am still feeling the lingering effect. I am so glad I went back to ask whether I could go, if I hadn’t stepped up to the plate, I wouldn’t have gone. My father always says that you don’t get what you don’t ask for, and sometimes you still don’t, even if you do ask. I asked, and took the opportunity to make an impression. The fact that I got to do a bit of unexpected traveling was icing on the cake.
I didn’t get a chance to do any proper photography, but I did take this one of the moon as we were flying in. The sky was amazing as the sun set on the other side of the plane and the moon rose over a solid floor of clouds. Unfortunately, the size of the moon didn’t translate to my cell phone camera, but I’m sure the woman behind me snapping away with the Cannon got some killer shots.
Travel safe, and remember to take every opportunity you have, because you don’t know how many you will get!