Three years ago today I packed as much as I could fit into my compact car and drove 500 miles from Tucson, Arizona to Albuquerque, New Mexico to begin a new life. My then-wife had informed me, between television commercials, that she didn’t want to be married any more. I was unemployed, had very little money, and had no place to go in Tucson. I had lived in Albuquerque before, had friends that would put me up (and put up with me), so I spent a couple of months couch surfing while I sorted things out, got a job, and got my own place. My philosophy was any job, then better job, any place, then better place.
My then-wife gave me two weeks to get my things together and get out. I was gone in four days. I sorted out what I needed, and what I could do without or simply couldn’t carry I sold off to finance the trip. I rebuilt my life and reinvented myself from the ground up. Now I’m happily married to a woman who is my best friends and my partner in every sense of the word, the relationship I’ve always dreamed of. I own my own business, and am working on shaping it into being everything I want it to be. I’m back in school, consistently making the Dean’s List. I have a church home, and serve on the church council. I have no complaints, and consider myself to be blessed.
Everything I’ve accomplished so far, I’ve done because I’m no longer surrounded by people telling me that I can’t, or I shouldn’t. I’ve surrounded myself with people who tell me that I can, and I should, and I will. And to all of those people reading this, thank you. With your continued support, Katie and I will be able to keep doing bigger and better things with our lives.