I used to know all the cars in the parking lot. I used to know all the names of coworkers and things that made them unique. I used to know.
And there was safety in that, which is not present in an ever evolving startup company. There was security in knowing about the people you work with.
The cars in the parking lot have changed. Even the parking lot itself has changed, the building different. The things that you thought you knew about your coworkers, you find out that maybe you knew too much. Or maybe too little.
This week we added three new cars to the parking lot. "My space" is no longer my parking space.
I still know the names of the people around me, but small talk is reduced and the tidbits that make us unique don't come out as often, as much.
I've started making up lives for the people around me, as I would strangers on the street. The game we used to play where the imagination runs wild.
I used to know and there was comfort in that. I used to.
*written at the beginning of July 2017