I often wonder where I will go from here. Now that I have an entirely new life transplanted to this new area, where I will be in five to ten years. When I was back home in Oregon working on rights law, I figured that I would be stuck in that dead end position for the rest of my days. Eventually being a fat old man sitting behind a desk and yelling at stubbed toes and infringed workers rights. Now I work in the commercial roofing industry bringing the legal know how to construction companies in need. It’s a far cry from where I was, and makes me think of how life can change on you in an instant when you’re not paying attention.
Where we are now, our company is comfortable, my practice is successful, and I get to directly see the results of my work on each ride home. Every mom and pop business, every corner gas station, most of which have had my hands and skills involved at some point in time. It’s a great reminder day in and day out why it is that I do what I do. I can’t claim to tell the future, but if there’s a piece of advice that I could deliver to you the reader, it’s that when opportunities present themselves, they may not always be obvious. Little changes in how you react to situations can have drastic effects on the remainder of your life.
When I was young I had no idea where I would wind up, and if I could go back to the days of yore and school my younger self, there’s not a whole lot I would change. Because I’m happy where I am now, but who knows if I would be if I had started here. If I had gone straight into commercial roofing from law school, I may find it tedious and boring, and have found my way into rights law. Who knows? Life is an unexpected journey that just has you floating downstream a lot of the time, and as much ambition as you may have, there are times that you can’t control the way of the water.
From the point now that I sit and write though, I can say that I’m glad I held on for the entire ride, and I’m pleased with where it transported me. Maybe later in life I may take another turn into a different path, and I may find something else that I’m just as passionate about. One thing I do know for sure though, is that I will keep my eyes open to recognize an opportunity when it presents itself and to at least give it a try. Because even when we fail, we learn, and gaining that knowledge of who you are, and what it is you’re meant to be doing is more powerful than any success. To succeed internally is to succeed in life, and I wholeheartedly believe that, as my parting words to you.