I have to say, since giving up the steady 9-5 grind and going out on my own October 1st, it has really been a dream come true.
There’s less stress in my life, I can greet each day as something to look forward to and I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of potential out there (by the way, if I actually do scratch my Surface, I bought the extended warranty, so I’ll be fine)
It’s with this unlimited menu of opportunity that I’ve found myself reflecting on some of the more basics things about day-to-day life. The other day, I just randomly passed along this thought to my wife, Victoria: Just in case anyone ever asks or it comes up on a game show, my favorite season is fall.
While giving my reflection muscle a work out, it seems the reason is because it’s a season of change. Winter is when things lie in wait….spring is when promises of a better future are made….summer is when we savor the present….and fall signals change. I’ve always been big on change. While it makes a lot of people uncomfortable, change is so refreshingly good for you and presents you with possibilities you didn’t even know existed.
So, it’s not surprising that I chose fall to launch this latest phase of my career. Aside from the hair falling like leaves from my head, this was the perfect launching time for something new. So far, it’s been a cornucopia of projects and, over the upcoming weeks, I hope to launch a weekly newsletter–just a brief one–to pass along that week’s golden moment.
Since that newsletter doesn’t exist yet, let me offer up this little tidbit.
Part of my wanting to focus more on the things I do is to give me more time for writing comedy. It’s a passion and I was finding myself wedging it in when I had “spare time”, which by definition is the hours most people set aside for sleep.
Years ago, a comic friend of mine, Frank King, connected me with another funny fellow named Steve Kelley. The guy is not only a political cartoon genius, but also manages to create a daily cartoon strip called “Dustin.” Steve is kind enough to accept my jokes on a daily basis and when he sees one he believes would be a good cartoon, he lets me know, purchases it and creates a visual version of the joke.
Just this week, he grabbed this one from my collection of daily one-liners and turned it into this.
I will always remember October as the month of my biggest personal growth ever. So, when you combine Husky and Seahawks football, baseball playoffs and the World Series, all the leaves turning and the beautiful fall colors, those great wind storms and thunderstorms, a cozy fire in the fireplace and all-new episodes of my favorite TV shows, toss in Halloween and Thanksgiving–the holiday where no gifts are involved and it’s all about food–and what’s not to love about fall!
Oh, did I mention that night we get to turn the clocks back and get an extra hour of sleep?
It’s the season that just keeps on giving. Happy fall, everyone!