Several years ago, I watched The Pursuit of Happyness
– Will Smith,
remember that one? The character Smith plays is offered an internship with Dean Witter that he has been wanting, vehemently pursuing – that is, until he discovers that the internship is unpaid. But this opportunity was the doorway to the future, a better future – a future with a life, with security, with a change and with happiness. He takes it and the dividends pay off, but not before much heartache and sleepless nights of worry.
Life sometimes presents itself with a chance for a difference, a chance to make life better for you and those about you. Will you be prepared for the choice when this occurs? It will occur, mind you,
does. I made such a choice a couple years ago. I worried then and
for a while afterward but that choice brought rewards I had no way of knowing or even dreaming of.
Do you remember the summer of “gas price hell”? It wasn’t too long ago, just two short years – many have tried to block it out… I was driving a horrific commute from LA County to So. Orange County and gas was costing me about $85 a week. I was newly single and living as lean as possible with three children still under my roof. The gas expense, stress of the drive and the distance from my family became too much for me to bear, so I left the firm where I worked and decided to try consulting from my home. I thought the worst was behind me but I was wrong because in the throes of gas price hell brewed the worst of the recession. Time was on my side, one would say. Not being one to sit idly by, I readied myself for a future not even I could predict.
I studied new media, I learned it, I used it. And I wrote. I wrote every single day, I re-wrote every single day and with that study and exercise, my skills improved and quite unexpectedly, the benefits of those activities, slowly began to bloom about me. I started writing Bonus Track, my clientele increased and I fell into gigs right and left. But still missing
was the security I craved. And straight of the blue came that security, my current opportunity – the result of endless work, endless writing, and a no-fear
attitude toward networking.
Pretending to have no-fear
made it so. My pursuit of happiness is ongoing. The pathway is way smoother than it was - still a bit bumpy, but the shock absorbers I have developed over the years have aided me along my way and will continue to do so. Put on your no-fear
face, arm yourself for the ride isn’t over yet.
And would you really want it to be? I’m not quite ready for that final bow; a return engagement is more my speed.