It’s funny to see where my life has ended up in just the last 365 days. On this date last year I was sitting exactly where I am now, at my parent’s house in Portland, Oregon with a little over $14,000 in my pocket, a car and nothing to do until school resumed in the fall after I had been sent home from the MLB Fan Cave. Today, I’m broke. My car died back in February when my girlfriend Angie (@sconnieangie) came to visit me, I graduated from the University of Oregon with three degrees, I work in retail and I’m back living at my parent’s place for the first time since I was 19-years-old. There are times when I reflect on what happened over the last year and walk away with a smile as I accomplished more than most than most will do in their lifetime, living out my dream of touring all the Major League Baseball stadiums, meeting and making new friends and realizing that my story-telling abilities have made a lot of people happy including myself. On the inverse, I get the feeling that I’m no better off then where I was when I graduated high school. I’ve never been one to look at things so pessimistically, but without any direction or knowledge of how to attain a job as a writer for a living, things can get to be pretty tough. But like I said, I don’t always feel this way. I know that this is merely a slight fork in the road. I need to regroup and strategize a new plan and I KNOW that the dreariness will soon be left in my wake.
One thing I suppose I can take away from this is that I have a lot of good people in my life who will do what they can to cheer me up. This photo came from a buddy of mine, Mike McDonnell (@IrishCARBomb21). He didn't have to do it, but little things like this really go a long way. Thank you Mike and thank you Travis. First round is on me now.