"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore." - Andre Gide
Updated: Aug 24, 2020
I'm sitting in my air-conditioned house, gazing out one of several windows at the smoke and ash-filled air suffocating the South Bay -- a result of being surrounded by wildfires burning their way through Northern California's most treasured state parks, landmarks and the homes of so many. We've endured so much this year, but it's not over yet.
In earlier posts, I eluded to the unemployment numbers I've had a pulse on this year. I'm no stranger to hardship & over the years, I've had to make difficult decisions to ensure my survival. Sometimes, those decisions haven't followed the direction of my dreams, but have assisted in being a foundation to support my dreams well into the future.
Back in November of last year, I left a toxic work environment. Several job opportunities came through in the pursuant months, but none I felt really strongly about. With that said, I had no way of knowing a global pandemic was right around the corner. Unfortunately, because I held out too long, I ended up being forced into taking a massive pay cut and demotion. While I am incredibly grateful to be employed while so many aren't, I'm also keenly aware that in order to stay competitive within my professional industry, pursuing further education needed to be the next step.
A week ago, I was accepted into the only graduate program at the only university I applied to! I'm beginning this fall on an accelerated 12 month journey; I'm thrilled and terrified (insert more adjectives here).
This is not farewell. This is simply me taking back my power in a country that has refused to make the right decisions for months.
With so much at stake, I had to take the wheel.
Please take care of yourselves, your pets, friends & relatives -- for anyone impacted by the NorCal wildfires, stay safe! My heart goes out to you.