Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities.~William Throsby Bridges .
Starting Over, Again
This past year has been a time of big changes for me.
I was injured at work on April 3, 2013, required shoulder surgery and have been on temporary disability since.
This life event may seem unfortunate at first, but it’s one of the best things that could’ve happened to me.
I hated my job. For over six years I was a compliance officer for the largest city (area wise) in the USA and worked in the most crime ridden neighborhoods.
I took the job to “grow up”- pension, steady pay, secure…
It had all of these along with soul killing repetitiveness, shocking government stupidity, inefficiency and redundancy…
Not to mention the daily danger or working alone in neighborhoods where the police don’t go without a caravan of backup.
This all began to crush my spirit. I worked most of my life as an artist in various capacities, and I’m not cut out to be a cog in a useless machine… Getting hurt was a blessing.
I call my injury life, 1.25…
After being injured, I found myself at home getting paid, with lots of free time. Great, right? The first week was… After that, it was boring.The free time became a burden.
It sounds crazy, but it’s true. After living a structured life I hated for so many years, I had no idea what I wanted from life.
I began to unearth my dreams and think about how the rest of my life should be… I had the opportunity to look inwards and really figure out what my passions are.
The process and answers eventually became my Find Your Path In Life series. My existence entered Life 1.50.
Sharing What I learned
I spent a lot of time getting to know myself, working on personal issues and generally clarifying my thoughts and improving myself.
Great, but now what?
September, 2013 I decided to share what I learned through this blog. I was new to blogging and had no idea how to do it, so I just started writing and drawing…
My thoughts were to somehow transition into making a living online through my blog and other ways. But for the first few months I slaved away at creating content, networking with others and trying to help those who needed it…
My daughter also began living with me full time…
Life 1.75 was in full swing and the months flew by… Oh Oh, it’s April!
I now find myself about to start my Life, 2.0. My blog is fairly successful… I’ve helped more than a few people and I’ve had a lot of fun.
Unfortunately, I’m not making a living online, yet. I’ve reached maximum medical improvement, so the insurance company is cutting off my benefits.
I haven’t been able to find work, even though I’m eligible to teach two subjects (Social Studies and Art) and have many other skills.
Life 2.0 is beginning with a whole new set of challenges… How will I support myself? I’m not sure yet. I have ideas that I’m working on that I’ll share here soon.
I’ve been studying how to earn income in various ways online, and I’m going to implement some of these ideas to become self sufficient.
Savings and a bit more money owed to me will help me get through the next few months. I’m going to have to hustle to start earning my keep though.
That’s not such a bad thing… I wanted a complete change for my life, and I got it. Things worked out better than I could have imagined, and now it’s up to me to grow up and step into my new life.
I’m becoming who I want to be, who I really am… this article inspired me to grow my hair out after twenty years of shaving my head… I don’t wear uniforms or suits anymore either… Sometimes I forget what day it is…
It’s scary and exciting. Success depends on me and my efforts… These next few months are going to be ones to remember…