For about 22 years I held a job that for the last ten years I hated. Literally hated. One unexpected fateful day, my misery came to an abrupt end. Two weeks prior as I drove into the parking lot and passed the football field, everything appeared to be happening in slow motion. It was a true life movie experience. I knew something significant was about to happen. I was let go.
Needless to say, I was thrown for a loop.
Some people are born knowing what their purpose is and others aren’t so fortunate. I was the latter. Some people also grow up in families that explore the curiosities of the world. That is not my family. Not having those opportunities can sometimes leave you with a limited view of what life has to offer. I had a limited world view but there was always something inquisitive inside of me. I always wanted to know more. I always liked figuring things out. My mom is that way. She will not let anything defeat her. She will find a way!
I decided that I would use this time and try to find what my purpose was and who I really am. I would collect my severance and once that ran out, if I still had not figured things out, I would just collect unemployment. Between my severance and unemployment, I wound up with four years of time to figure things out.
One day while still employed, I was tasked with renting some audio visual equipment for a meeting. I found a place close by, went in and reserved the equipment. The guy who helped me was nice. I took his name and number and added it to my contacts. About a year later my church wanted to install a screen and projector in the Sanctuary and I was charged with finding companies to bid on the business. I called a few companies and one of the people I called was the guy from the rental house. When I called him, he told me that he had gone out on his own. He bid on the job and was awarded the installation. I spent some time with him during the install and when he was done, he asked me if I wanted to work for him as a freelancer. I didn’t even know what that meant. We discussed what I would start off doing and then we would see how that worked out and go from there. I was up for anything new and this was the perfect time. It was exciting!
That encounter to rent some equipment led to me becoming his top freelancer and eventually I started my own audio visual business.
What may have seemed like a chance encounter really wasn’t. It was always meant to be. What if I had let fear cause me to take that lesser position? What if after a year of searching, I took any job just to ensure a regular paycheck? What if I didn’t have my husbands support and encouragement, constantly pushing me towards what he knew I needed to do for me? What if I gave up?
I am still discovering myself daily and it has been the greatest time of my life.
Don’t give up!
Take chances. You will find your way!
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