I got to thinking about these life stages as I reflected recently on what is important to me.
I’ve never been one to just keep my head down; I have to be the one trying to find a better way, a more productive and efficient way, and now, a more purposeful way.
It’s easy to become robotic with daily tasks, to go through the day on autopilot. It’s much harder to take a step back and assess whether what you are doing is making a difference. And whether it matters to you if you are or not.
I don’t produce food for people (unless you count my family garden); I don’t enforce food safety regulations. I don’t study food pathogens or develop new methods for controlling them. As a part of the broader food industry, I often feel like I’m only on the periphery, the very edge of a very large group. But when I really think about what I do every day, I do help bring the food industry together, whether by interviewing podcast guests or laying out the content for the magazine. I am a part of what connects food safety professionals to one another. And when I hear from a reader or a podcast listener that they’ve learned something or implemented a process they’ve heard someone talk about on Food Safety Matters or read about in Food Safety Magazine, then I know that the work we do here matters…that it has purpose. And in the second half, that’s really what counts.
Barbara VanRenterghem, Ph.D., Editorial Director