I left the agency world in 2004 to pursue a life helping others like me and making a dent in the universe that would change the lives of millions of people for the better.
Now having exited that chapter 15 years later, the universe has responded with kindness, gratitude, and love. Having gotten so used to giving of myself to help others at great personal expense, the mere act receiving support, guidance, and opportunity (without the big charity hat on) from friends and colleagues is an entirely foreign concept.
My last chapter was a Sisyphean uphill struggle for so many years. Here I am just 30 days after my exit, and I am staring down the barrel of unimagined opportunities. I have reached the summit. Having lived inside an apple core for so long, the orchard upon which I look is inexpressibly beautiful.
And now it is time to proverbially ski back down to the lodge and enjoy the ride as much as possible.
That shock absorber that has since been wholly compressed for so long is now returning to its natural state.
It’s time to own my success, believe I am worthy to receive, and deserved of what comes next.