An Unexpected Reward
I recently got a surprise from my former boss. For the last 5 years, I've been living in Oregon, though I'd rather be back in California. I made such a mess of my life that I ran out of options, and my boss moved me up to Oregon for a job opportunity that involved helping promote motorsports.
My field of expertise is media, and I really didn't want to get involved in the sport again again. I had left the sport over a decade before coming back, but I didn't see a lot of options. I was facing homelessness. You do what you have to do in situations like that.
This opportunity was supposedly going to be a 10 year run, and that was the biggest motivator in my move. I figured I'd have 10 years to figure things out and maybe things would work out. I learned very quickly that this wasn't going to last 10 years, which is something I won't get into here.
We made it 5 years, and I worked very hard to help achieve some of the success that we had have before covid-19 hastened my boss's departure from the track.
A couple of months ago, he wheeled a big trailer into the yard. I was aware that the work I had put forth was earning me something for when I eventually left, but I figured it would be money. I figured I could make my own way with that.
He had been pushing the idea of me getting into a trailer, but I told him that was not something I really wanted. It hit too close to home considering I had lost a trailer that I lived in for 30 years prior to moving up here. I would have rather had the money, but he thought he was doing right by me.
It is a nice trailer. Everything I need is inside. A little cozy, but enough room to put my stuff. I can cook, there's a bathroom and a place for a TV and my computer. There's a place for me to sleep. I have no clue where I'm going to put it when I leave here, nor do I know how I'm going to pay to maintain it.
As I said, this isn't something I wanted, but I've come to a realization. It is mine. I've earned it, and it is sort of a milestone for me in recent years. I'm proud of all the hard work I put into earning this, though it would not have been my choice.The choice was made for me.
While I don't really appreciate somebody making that decision for me, I do appreciate the fact that I have it. It's something I will need as I take the next important step in my life. I know others would be grateful to have what I have, so I keep that in mind.
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