Nearly two years ago I wrote this poem. I had just made a huge life decision and was preparing to leave sports television, the career I had spent the last seven years of my life building and protecting.
There are seasons of life – the lowest of lows, heart wrenching heartbreak and discouraging disappointment coupled with the highest of highs, idyllic love and astounding accomplishment. Without the bad, we wouldn’t appreciate the good. Winning and once-in-a-lifetime love only feel so good because we had to go through the agony of losing and loss to get to there.
I wrote this poem hoping that someday I would look back, read these words and know I made the right decision. Today is that day.
I had my own doubts; I had people who questioned my choice, co-workers who told me I’d regret it. I had mornings when I didn’t want to get out of bed and nights I stayed up working while the rest of the world slept. I had afternoons where I questioned my mission, my purpose and conversations with friends who told me, “you need to do this.”
Today I am building a life I believe in, a life that fulfills me, a life that grants me the flexibility to balance my professional and personal life. I may no longer work for Emmy Award winning national television networks, interview professional athletes or be surrounded by celebrities, but I get to spend more time with the ones I love and do what I love – that I wouldn’t trade for the world.
I took a gamble and am now reaping the reward. What they say is true: Great things don’t come from comfort zones.