it’s been so long since i’ve posted anything of true substance i bet you’ve gone away. come back, cuz i’m back! i started a new position on january 1st this year and have been heavily consumed with it. i’ve decided to re-energize and focus this personal blog because it’s so much fun to write.
my life has changed a great deal over the past 10 months and i’m thankful to say for the better. actually, better isn’t the right word. i’ve always liked where i was but i guess the direction i’ve been going has just been right and built on top of what i’ve had before.
does that make sense? saying “better” implies before wasn’t great. which isn’t the case.
moving on… (geez)
in any case i’m happy. real happy. happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. i hate the word perfect because perfect = boring. it means you’re done – poof- it’s perfect. perfect can be a napkin that you fold into a duck for a dinner party like – now that’s a perfect duck – but not applicable to your life.
being happy means that i’m recognizing and basking in the fact that i’m:
- surrounded by great people. people that make me laugh, challenge me to be better, love me and want to call me early on a saturday morning to talk. people that are thoughtful towards me by doing things like filling my car with gas or dropping a postcard from their travels in the mail to me. people that appreciate the ideas and thoughts i bring and the work i do. people that inspire me – to practice yoga, to write and create. people that are just damn cool – they get promoted, start a business, entertain effortlessly and are great at what they do. these people do things with their lives that egg me on – run marathons, throw a charity event, throw a martini party, buy a new house and are just plain inspirational.
- loved deeply and love wholeheartedly. i’m so glad i waited 39 years to get married. my dad told me since i was way young to never settle. he was talking about getting married – because he knew several men through work and the years that got divorced and the woman didn’t know what to do. he swore he would tell me “how men really were” which he didn’t (what does that mean anyhow) but nonetheless i waited until i knew i wasn’t settling. and i got a winner!
- loving my career and the direction it’s taken. i did the same thing for 24 years. worked my way from an intern at JTC Advertising on wells street in chicago to soon-to-be partner in a marketing venture that starts january 1 complete with 24 clients ready to go. this shit is real! what has driven me throughout my career is my love of marketing, being relevant to consumers and working with excellent clients that aren’t afraid to pave new roads with me. i’m so passionate and driven about what i do that it makes every day fun to be alive. i know. i’m super cheesy. shut up.
- having fucking fun! yep, just dropped the f bomb because it’s my damn blog. i travel in one of the most beautiful places on earth, meet up with ROF in detroit to visit great friends, madison to visit great friends, chicago to visit great friends, florida to visit great family, atlanta to see great family. as most of you know, we don’t have kids and guess what? at 40 something years old – ROF and i are having the time of our lives. we play cards (i’m winning…), get room service at fancy hotels, enjoy each other’s company without watching TV (unless we’re binge watching breaking bad), go to football games and cabins up north and the hill country down south. we made salsa in santa fe and learned about wine in paris. we laughed at a cramped comedy club in new york and played gin in toronto.
i felt like writing all this down because i know that happy will change as we get older. i know that unhappy times are near. and hopefully i am equipped to handle those times. i can think this way for many reasons – first off – i always have. second off – i had the experience of watching someone i loved die. not a lot of people can say that. make shit happen… today! it’s getting your head around the fact that every second of every day you have a choice.
and people close to me know that i say this all. the. time.
you have a choice to:
love where you are RIGHT NOW, not where you want to be
leave your shitty job
do something fun
kick needy people out of your life
decide you need boundaries that protect you
go on a dating site
say – THIS IS NOT GOOD FOR ME. I’M OUTA HERE
wake up and be productive
wow. this is really a lot for a saturday morning. (sigh) look forward