What Was Once Old Is Now Old Again

I walked out of 700 Montgomery in San Francisco’s Financial District yesterday afternoon and paused. Amongst the bustle of downtown traffic and a busy sidewalk, I looked at the front door for a moment and marveled at how wild the past couple of years has been. The deep copper framed glass door was so very familiar, and I wanted to take a good long look at it and contemplate how I got here in the first place.

I was moving out of my satellite office yesterday, headed down Montgomery to my new spot at Academy of Art University‘s headquarters.

700 Montgomery represented something very significant.

Of the tens of millions of square feet of commercial real estate in the city, how is it possible that I had the same office twice, almost 20 years apart?

I wrote about it here. The odds were astronomical, but it seemed like the Universe had somehow meant for me to return to this place, and now I was on the move again.

The identical spot, decades apart.

Even though I moved out of this office yesterday, I’ll still be visiting twice a month for staff meetings. I’m happy about that.

The circle is now complete. Time to move on. Time to tackle some new challenges at the university, new opportunities and more reinvention.

It never stops. I was lucky enough to have achieved this reinvention – now I’m trying to keep up.

I’m really looking forward to it.

John Scott is the National Online Learning Coordinator and a media history instructor at the School of Multimedia Communications, Academy of Art University, San Francisco. He also counsels clients and groups on the art of reinvention. His debut book Broken Glass and Barbed Wire will be released soon.

Follow John on Twitter @johnscottsf.

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