Recently I reread my personal story Chicken of The Sea. It had been a long while since I had last done so and I wanted to revisit what I had written.
I had forgotten that at the end of the book I had written down my wishes for what the future might bring me. I basically said that I wasn’t one to wanted to stay on in a job until retirement just for a watch (not sure companies even do that anymore) and a retirement party. I also said I would like to do more volunteer work, especially in the environmental and surfing arenas, write more, get more involved with my art work, surf more and spend time with family.
I further stated that I didn’t care too much about money, fame and fortune and would be happy as long as we could get by somewhat comfortably.
Well I guess I got what I wished for except for except the money part as things have been pretty much a struggle since I lost my job in industry in 2008. I’ve had numerous temporary jobs since that time and thankfully, along with my wife Kathy’s income until several years ago, we have managed to have kept a-float thus far.
Despite the financial struggles I couldn’t be happier about the way things turned out. I’ve been able to give back to the sport of surfing through various volunteer surfing instructional activities, have gotten deeply involved with the local Surfrider Foundation chapter working on helping improve the environment and have had the opportunity to speak to numerous school students about the benefits of Ocean Friendly Gardening.
Although I’m certainly not getting rich from my artistic and writing pursuits, I feel blessed to be able to spend a great deal of time enjoying both activities. I suppose as a surfer I love to express myself artistically and these activities are greatly enriching. Despite the lack of traction I would like to get from these pursuits I try to look at them from the standpoint that even if I touch in a positive way just a few individuals through my art and writing then it is all worth the effort and besides, I never went into either with the idea of getting rich from it in the first place.
And speaking of surfing, I have always wanted to have more time to enjoy the sport and spend more time with family and friends. I certainly have been blessed with those things since losing my job in industry.
Lastly, I had always wanted to work in a surf shop and teach surfing. I have now been afforded such an opportunity.
So I suppose, at least in my case, I got exactly what I had wished for all along. Sure it took some time and there were certainly a lot of twists, turns and bumps in the road along the way but in the end it was certainly worth the wait.
So here’s hoping you get the worthwhile things you wished for and hopefully without all those bumps in the road. And if it doesn’t look exactly like you thought it would I’m sure you’ll be just fine if you embrace what you get.
Thanks for checking in this week and I will look forward to seeing you back here again soon.
P.S. I just found out my publisher Tate Publishing closed it doors this past month. Unfortunately it looks like they left a lot of people including their authors and employees holding the bag. As such my books “Chicken of The Sea” and “Byron The Lonely Christmas Tree” will most likely no longer be available through Amazon and other outlets. Until I can find a new publisher anyone can obtain a copy directly from me. Fortunately I had purchased additional copies for book signing events.