“In eight hours, your life will be different.”

My friend has an important job interview today. I feel confident that he will get the job as he is qualified to do just about anything that he decides he wants to do. However, he will be a better person regardless of whether he gets the job or not because he was willing to put himself out there and apply for the position in the first place.

I told him, “In eight hours, your life will be different.”

This got me to thinking.

Will my life be different in eight hours?

Will yours?

Should it be?

I think that the answer is, “Yes”.

I think that I should always be hoping for, and striving toward, “different”. Even if things are already good, I think it is important to try and improve “good” in search of better. Good is only good for so long before it becomes expected and then I am surprised when bad shows up and starts stealing my stuff and knocking things around.

I have owned my own business for sixteen years and I have enjoyed almost all of it. The past couple of years, there has been a decline in work as my largest customer packed up and moved out of the Memphis/Olive Branch area. This leaves me with a sustainable business but it also gives me too much time on my hands that could be better put towards contributing towards some of the income which has been lost over the past couple of years.

The idea of getting another job or exploring another career path is….different. It’s exciting, terrifying, exhilarating, petrifying and fun. But most of all, it’s different. I think I like it.

Fortunately, I am married to a woman who loves her job, makes a great income and understands how important it is to be happy with your career path and your job. So, I have the flexibility to explore any number of avenues. I am not sure exactly what it is that I would like to do and I’m not really sure of the next step to take but I do think that I am in a unique position that at the age of forty-two, I have the opportunity to learn about whatever it is I choose to learn about.

However, there is one problem. People generally pay you to know, not learn. So finding an entry point into something of interest might be a little difficult but I more apt to work harder at something if I think it will be a challenge. The good news is that I am not in search of fortune. I am more motivated by fulfillment and execution of a task than I am money. I had money once and I blew it all. Money does not do it for me. It was kinda like finally getting a date with the Homecoming Queen and then getting to her house and finding out that she has dirty laundry all over the floor, an unmade bed, two paper plates on her nightstand with a half drank Dr. Pepper. She looks good but ain’t gonna make you happy.

I am at a place right now where each day will cause my life to be different than it was the day before. I hope to embrace that place and, honestly, I hope to never leave it. Things are always changing, I might as well too.

Peace, Love, and all things Beef related,

Beefcake

 

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