Tomorrow is my paperwork based one year anniversary at my job, even though I actually started two weeks later. I’m not sure why I’m mentioning this other than I wonder sometimes what would have happened if I had stayed in my other position.
I had to ask Ray for a topic this morning because I couldn’t think of anything to write about. I was going to write about setting goals but that didn’t flow as well as her topic is. Her question was, “What have you gained and lost by taking chances?”
Gained? A lot. Lost? Maybe some of my sanity.
My chances or risks have been pretty successful for the most part. The last few months have been rough, with both of us questioning things, but for the most part, things have been good. The biggest chance I took: Coming to D.C. for Job Corps.
You never really think about one decision changing the course of your life. I’ve screwed up a lot in the last 12 ½ years, but that one decision rolled in with a whole lot of others. Taking the train home, starting a conversation with someone who is still in my life, people who have come and gone, all of that leading to one major chance that further changed my life: Meeting Ray.
I’ve said this before, but it bears a lot of repeating. Writing about the people you love is easy, even if it gets a little bit tedious to others.
I hadn’t wanted to go to that party, and I was pretty pushy. She didn’t want to have much to do with me, and after looking at old pictures, I wouldn’t have wanted to have much to do with me either. But we took a chance, and we’re still taking chances on each other. There are days I wonder how I got so lucky. I love that woman like there is no tomorrow.
And there are days I wonder if we made the right choice, if I’m missing out of something by being with her and settling down. I get that from my dad, the not-quite-settling-down part of him that made him never stay long in one place. I’m like my dad in some ways, but the choices I’ve made make us different people. My dad wasn’t ever really afraid to take chances on his dreams, even if the family unit suffered.
My dream might be easier without people there; I’d love to travel more. I’d love to do the European Tour as a solo traveler, just once. But there is one thing that I noticed during Orlando, walking towards Ray with food in one hand after making her walk through Epcot. Traveling the world may be more expensive with two people, but the experiences that those people share are priceless. You never know how priceless without taking a chance on a future with that person.
Had I not taken that one chance, I wouldn’t have everything that I have in my life today. Life may suck somedays, but the only wish I have was that I would have met her sooner and saved both of us some heartache and life lessons.
Listening to: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Quote of the Day: “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” ― John F. Kennedy