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Today was just another day, yet not, for a couple of reasons.
First, Throw Back Thursday.
Last year on this date, I wrapped up my daily morning show on TV and was asked to “meet in the boardroom”. Over my almost 5 years at this station there were literally hundreds of layoffs — today it was my turn. I was told “the bad news”, and yet it wasn’t bad — at all.
Fear of change isn’t in my DNA, I’m not sure why. Change comes and then it’s embraced – there’s always something new and exciting — un forseen — ahead.
One year ago today, while fielding texts – and calls – of condolences, there was this crazy good spring in my step. “Onward!”
Don’t get me wrong, I love to work, I really do. I also enjoy immensely the security of a good job – but I also love change.
Change came, one year ago today.
My second point here is: Today — March 23, 2017 — is a personal landmark day.
Today, while walking my son to his friends house (so that I could get to CKNW for my radio job by 8:15a) we happened past a gent and said “good morning.” He returned the nicety and then looked back and said “hey, you are the writer, aren’t you?”
I’d heard “that girl from ______” (Sportsnet, Seeking Stanley, LeafsTV, City, CBC, VTV, CKNW, Rock101) but I had never been recognized for being a writer. I looked back questioning…and then it happened.
He said, “Mybackyard, right? I just found it, I love it. Thank you, I really love it.”
Insert my head exploding with pride and gratitude.
My son looked at me with an impish, knowing, grin. He loves when his mom is “recognized” — he said, “wow, mom, now you are a writer too!”
I’m a writer.
Game changer. What a profound example of how change is always for the better?
My point here — buried a bit, I will admit — is:
Right now THAT GUY is reading this and, perhaps only now, realizing how his words made me feel about me. Thank you “E”.
Words don’t do justice to how you (and you and you and you.) make us feel by reading, and commenting, here. It matters, has impact, makes the world a better place – one reader or writer at a time.
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Every contributor here is a writer, (thank you) every reader here is part of our community (thank you) — we are so glad to have you here in our backyard. #mybackyard
Life can throw you curveballs, and fastballs, knuckleballs and sliders — catch them all — it’s worth the gifts you must wait to see.