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Sometimes we have to reshape our lives at the most unexpected moments. Life doesn’t always happen the way we plan it to, and often we have to rearrange our lives to accommodate those changes.
For me, my life began its redesigning process one morning at the end of January 2009, when I was called into my boss’s office. I worked as a reporter for a newspaper – a job that is few and far between these days, and was in jeopardy as our nation entered its largest financial crisis. At the same time, my mother was in a small caravan along with a U-Haul, making a six-hour move across the state to live closer to me.
I was laid off. I knew the axe was about to fall; I was one of the first of many of my colleagues to leave. So I cried and hugged my boss and the HR manager, told them I’d miss them and made the call to my mother as she was on her way to me.
This was a job I’d had for nearly four years, and a career I’d been building for 15. I’d won awards and accolades, but I knew at that moment that I needed to reshape my life. And that’s when I started really delving into Bellesouth, making it what it is today.
It wasn’t easy. I had to file bankruptcy. I had to move out of my old apartment and in with my mother. But as my mother’s health declined and my anxiety got the best of me, we both discovered that we needed each other. And as recently as a week ago, I’ve realized exactly how much she needs me to help her live and enjoy her life as she battles kidney failure and goes through dialysis treatment.
Four years later, I have no regrets. I loved my time working as a reporter, and I made wonderful friends in the workplace and throughout the communities I worked in. But now, my mom’s health takes priority. And now I have a great dog and some amazing friends who have become integral parts of my life.
Is it reliable or easy? Absolutely not. But honestly? I wouldn’t have it any other way.