Allow me to define it for you.
Here’s my thought: I’ve been knocking around the idea of new ventures for years now but I’ve become quite complacent with my job and content with the security that comes with it. Back in the day, I thought that I was a super hero of sorts and because of that, took on adventure after adventure without ever having blinked an eye. I thrived on adrenaline and the “sport” of travel. Before I was 25, I had discovered 13 countries for myself and lapped up every cultural morsel the world had to offer.
Here I am at 19, traveling on a train somewhere between Minsk, Belarus and Moscow, Russia…some 5600 miles or so from home.
After returning to America, I took on my first dream job and worked as a minister for 4 years (I know, I know…I was a Rev. and some of you are giggling). After realizing that I didn’t fit into the ministry culture, I resigned that position to work at my next dream job…graphic designer. Here’s the dealio, I’ve been doing graphic art for 12 years and moved into an Art Director position 8 years ago. I freaking love it. In the midst of doing this graphic design stuff, I became a member of an indie rock band called Eric and the Adams. That was four years of adventure, travel and creativity all wrapped into one. Crazy town.
The last 6 years of my life, I have become happily engaged, bought a home, was the drummer in a rock band, had a child, raised money (not because I’m amazing but because my friends are) for a solo album, worked on tour with a phenomenal musician – learning the hard work of a stage hand, and now….
Well. Now what?
The message of what I’m trying to convey is that all these humbling opportunities came to me and I had to make a decision. What do I say?
“Angel, would you like to travel all over the world?”
“Angel, would you like to come work for me as a graphic artist?”
“Angel, would you like to be the drummer in my new band?”
“Angel, will you record your music?”
“Angel, will you marry me?”
YES! I said, “Yes.”
Things have been a little strapped because of the way the economy has fallen and I have found myself scrambling to make ends meet. With that and the very real fact that I mentioned earlier that I just don’t fit the culture of where I am. I realize more everyday that I don’t fit into the traditional role that a patriarchal socially structured environment would want me. I need to redirect my path.
I have been looking for a way to open doors for myself so that I can step into a new phase of life.
Not too long ago, I was given an opportunity to take a class at a community college here in Tulsa. It was a radio class. The class was paid for…all I would have to do is enroll and show up.
If any of you have known me for long, you know that I really enjoy entertaining (when I was younger, I would practice my award speeches out in the yard – I’ve accepted countless Emmys, Tonys, Oscars, and Grammys). Here’s the sad part…I got wrapped up with too many things that don’t matter, instead of focusing on the stuff that will get me on track. I didn’t say, “Yes”.
This class would have gotten me on track. It was my next step and I missed it. Have you ever done that before…a few weeks later you wish you could go back in time and slap yourself out of your slumber? Things change for me when I say yes. No more missed opportunities…
SO, I’m in full preparation of a new chapter…a new “dream job”. I’ll work diligently at my 9-5er until I can fully step out on my own but let me tell you this…it is not without fear, anxiety, adrenaline, and hope.
photo credit: Stuart Anthony
My partner and I have a running joke from a familiar cliché.
The cliché? “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it”. Our variation? “We’ll jump off that bridge when we come to it.”
I’m lucky to have a partner who supports my ever growing need to push the boundary, break the glass ceiling, smash socioeconomic class, and jar the mindset of poverty. I’ll happily jump off this cliff. I’ve jumped off of so many and it has taken me to places I’ve never dreamed. My way of opening doors for myself is to say, “Yes”.
SO, I say yes to the things ahead.