Happy Monday! So who on the east coast is still shoveling out from that snow storm?? Snow days lead to me drinking, sledding down a hill like a child and losing my house keys along with my favorite bottle opener. UPDATE: I went back to that hill TWICE to find those damn keys and guess what, I found them!!! See, who says I can’t do the impossible?!
I had to take a brief hiatus here because I was too busy shoveling a path from my door to the sidewalk so I can safely leave my house. Good thing the snow couldn’t stop me from getting off the couch and making my way to the refrigerator for a beer. Before the blizzard, my fiancé told me to go to the store and stock up just in case we got snowed in. I came back with four different types of alcohols, eggs, and chips with salsa. Essentials.
Being snowed in gave me a lot of time to think. Sometimes there’s a really big opportunity right in front of you – so close that you can touch it. When you reach for it though, it blows up in your face. I think the only way to respond to that is to keep moving. I can sit here and bitch about it, but that usually falls on deaf ears. Like my email pitches to editors <— Totally bitching about that.
Last week I had to make a difficult decision in my life that made some people unhappy. Some questioned why I would walk away from something that was going so well. Something I started from scratch. Unfortunately, there are times when life puts you in an awkward position and you have to make a choice. I didn’t make that choice out of bitterness or revenge. I made it because it was best for Joe, bottom line.
One of my old bosses used to ask me on a daily basis, “Are you happy?” I thought about that last week when I made this decision. Sure, it sounds a little selfish but, ultimately, that’s what is most important. Are YOU happy? If not, then move on.
Speaking of that, I was featured in Draft Magazine two weeks ago. A columnist from them (The Beer Runner) reached out to me for a feature on his blog. Being in Draft Magazine marks the THIRD time that I have been in a major publication. Oddly enough they are my three favorite magazines. (Trail Runner Magazine & Thrillist are the other two). That’s a huge accomplishment as a writer!! There are writers out there that will NEVER be featured in their personal favorite publications. Yet, I still can’t find steady work as a writer… I’m like the most successful failure in the world.
My point is, you have to just keep pressing on. I’ve made some huge leaps in the last year and I have a few more tricks up my sleeve for the upcoming month. Eventually, somebody is going to see my potential. I run a lot, I probably drink too much, and I tend to talk a lot of shit. I don’t know what that adds up to as far as careers are concerned? I don’t believe they hire professional assholes… on second thought, I’ve worked for a few of them. And if those guys are doing well, then my time HAS to come!