That ‘Throwback’ Feeling

Recently, I was in a meeting where I was asked about my role as a ‘Guru‘ back at O2. I was asked about what it was like, what my role entailed, and the question that always, always appears when I’m asked about it;

What’s the best phone you think I should get right now?

Without fail, I always get asked that when the topic is mentioned. And to be honest, I don’t mind answering it, because it’s an area I follow and write about, before and after working in this role, and even as you read this.

(To note, I always answer that it’s subjective, everyone has their own taste, so I ask what phone they have now, and then recommend it based on when they answer my question of how they use their phone currently.)

It’s a nice icebreaker to have on my CV when people ask about it. I worked there for three years, and I can honestly say that it was the most enjoyable and fulfilling ‘job‘ I’ve had in employment, and it’s the only one I get nostalgic about.

I always saw it as a ‘Time Lord‘ role, a ‘Doctor Who‘ position. You have the title of ‘Guru’, you do what you can, you help the customers and the staff out when needed (which was always). I would treat it was a 24/7 job, mainly because I genuinely enjoyed it, and didn’t mind of receiving texts and calls from staff needing help while I was on a day off or on holiday. But of course, there comes a time when you realise it’s time to move on, do you prepare the exit. Eventually, someone appears into the role, and when you finish that last day, the ‘regeneration’ occurs. The desk, the laptop, the appointments, all of it is passed on to someone else.

I like to think Matt Smith’s regeneration of his Eleventh incarnation fits my ending there, especially at the last lines of his speech.

You could say that I was the ‘second incarnation’ of my time there as the Guru, but I do like to think I was the ‘Capaldi’ of my three years there. To note, my successor, the ‘third incarnation’ is still there, still doing a fantastic job from what I see and from what I hear from time to time when I visit the homeland.

But when I get asked about it as I did from that meeting, I can’t help but feel nostalgic of my time there. It was a great group of people, and there was never a day that I dreaded coming to work.

By now you’re probably thinking, ‘What’s the point of this post Daryl?’

Great question reader. What I’m saying is, nostalgia is a good thing, and it applies everywhere. It can give you a great feeling and a great memory, or several, and reminds you as well, as to why you’re no longer there anymore. As the Eleventh Doctor says, ‘You have to keep moving, so long as you remember, all the people that you used to be’.

And in this day and age, I feel that it’s incredibly important to feel that, even if there will be times that you may be very nervous as to what the future will hold. Remember why you left previous events, and why you’re doing what you need to do now.