A few years ago I was working for a small(ish, about 70 people) company. I had been working there for quite some time (close to 10 years). Needless to say I was quite happy there. Due to sad circumstances (my manager dying), the position of head of the software department opened up. This was something my manager was coaching me to become, although I am the first one to admit that I was probably not 100% ready for that position at the time. I did not get the position... After that, I lost my enthusiasm for the company. So much that I quit, and started working somewhere else.
Fast forward a few years, and what do you know?! That same position at the old company has opened up again! I have a few more years of maturing under my belt. Would it be weird to apply for a position I was rejected for before at a company I worked for before? I tried my best not to burn any bridges. How can I best approach this situation?