A million miles away
Your signal in the distance
To whom it may concern
I think I lost my way
Getting good at starting over
Every time that I return
I’m learning to walk again
I believe I’ve waited long enough
Where do I begin?
I’m learning to talk again
Can’t you see I’ve waited long enough
Where do I begin?
Big thanks to my fellow KROQ’r Bridget McGuire! I started following her blog and her on Twitter back in early 2010 and we figured out that we grew up near each other and listened to the same radio station as youth. Her Retro Friday posts are great and that’s why I knew I couldn’t do a Music Week without her. She’s a Notre Dame alum and a
crazy die hard Irish fan. I don’t get that whole Golden Domer thing, but I am a fan of Touchdown Jesus.
I’ve always loved the Foo Fighters. Some of my all time favorite songs come from this band … My Hero, Best of You, Rope, Learn to Fly … and nowWalk can be added to this list.
It seems like the last two years of my life have been quite the roller coaster, starting with, but not limited to, losing my job.
I knew that work was slowing down, but I honestly did not truly believe that we were at a point where she was going to start letting people go. The night before the free-fall officially began, we were at dinner with my parents, and I was telling them that work was getting dreadfully slow, and that I was actually kind of getting nervous. And then to go into work that fateful day, to just the two of usin an empty office (she had the manager take everyone else “out to breakfast”) was quite the shock to me. Me? I was the first one to get let go?Really? And yes, I know that it was not easy for her either, but this was the event that began the ride.
What started off feeling like the free-fall before thefatal splat, though, ended up bringing some really great things into my life. I began to immersemyself in social media, Twitter specifically. I decided that if I was out of work, I was going to learn/develop a new skill in order to make myself more valuable, and Social Media seemed like themost logical route in which to go. And through Twitter … many wonderful things evolved.
I made a whole set of new friends, who, just like me, were very passionate about social media and the marketing field as well … and who were, how do I say it, social! I have always been a social person, and social media and tools such as Twitter, are just perfect for me. It’s the ultimate balance of business networking and friendships that I truly thrive upon.
Twitter ended up bringing me several job offers, introducing me to some wonderful people, and introducing me to some absolutely amazing friends that I am sure will be friends for life. (Yes, you know who you are!)
Next, I started my blog. I really wasn’t sure where it was going to go. It was kind of a mess at first …me using the web as my personal shrink, venting,some music posts, some business related posts … and even though it was (and still is) most always all over the map, it is truly something that I love and hope that my readers do as well.
And then I found a new job! After endless interviews, and hearing countless people tell me stories (at job searching events) of how they had been out of work 6 months … 12 months … 18 months … I found a job in less than 8 weeks! When one of my former clients found out that I was out of work, he reached out to me and said “Don’t take anything until you and I can sit down and talk.” It just knocks my socks of when things like that happen!
I know now, that in the moment when I lost my job, getting let go was the most awful thing in my entire world. But in retrospect … it brought things into my life that would NEVER have happened without the occurrence of that one fateful event!
And that brings me back to the song Walk. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, life came and took my feet right out from under me. And just when I had no idea where to begin, I did learn how to walk again! It’s simply amazing to me how every event, no matter how great or small, or howwonderful or awful, happens to you for a veryspecific purpose. I know that losing my job was necessary for me to learn and grow as a person, and it has 100% made me who I am today! I don’t really wish it on anyone, but I can truly look back on it, and feel like it was a good thing in my life … and not a tragic thing!
P.S. I’m back tomorrow with some News from the 80’s. The Daddy Yo Dude and The Muse are bringing it over the weekend, then I’m back on Monday to finish it off with something new from a band I’ve seen since the late 1980’s.