The Paths We Least Expect!
Have any of you ever wondered “Do I make a difference?”. Well, it’s been one of those little things that has pecked at me for years for whatever reason. Now I don’t want that to sound like a depressing statement because it isn’t in the least, it’s simply something I have been reflecting on over the last several years of my life. Sure I have been a great friend to many, been there for others in times of need and had people I loved and cared about. To me though that was just how life is supposed to be or at least how I was raised. I still felt like “something” was missing. Now was I wanting to be someone in the history books that left a legacy? No. I just felt like I need to be doing more but never knew what.
Growing up I never had ambitions to be an astronaut, a fireman or police officer. A lot of my friends did. Was I weird? I had ambitions to be a DJ, but that was for me So I grew up, graduated high school, went to 2 years of college and then upon taking a pause, I started working for a real estate title company to earn a little more money. I thought that would last maybe a year and I would resume to finish my studies. Well as life happens, in the midst of that, I found out I was going to be a father. Now that in itself is awesome, amazing and I couldn’t be more proud of my son. It did however put me in a position to continue working to be the parent I needed to be. I had financial obligations that just had to be met and I never returned to college.
Flash forward several years. In the real estate closing process of things I found I had a gift of my interactions with people of all backgrounds, heritage, age, color etc. For whatever reason I was able to talk to anyone and within the course of most closings, I knew things about their life, family, work or what had them down. My office couldn’t comprehend it. I am not saying this to be arrogant, but everyone seemed to love me. This was when I found out I had a gift of gab. The ability to immediately make anyone comfortable. It was so much that when a broker had a breakdown in communication with their clients, they would actually call me for advice. It was crazy. Now you probably wonder where I am going with this. Well, I loved my people but I still felt like I was just “doing my job”, nothing special, nothing overly rewarding but I was making a solid salary and eventually moved on to managing offices and trying to pass down what I did to others. It still wasn’t enough. Then comes the recession. Oh no, right? You know how the housing market went with that and before I could blink, my office was closed. In that time, I lost the house, the girl, both cars (but kept the dog!). I couldn’t find work anywhere! Well, a person does what they have to do, so I went from over 60k a year (which really felt like more since I had literally no debt) to working part time at a grocery store fuel center. It was an eye opener for sure, but still my customers loved me! I was just a pump attendant…why did they love to chat so much, hah!
This last year I was given an opportunity to be back in my old field and was happy to accept it. However, my faith in the industry and how it treated me left me feeling scared almost on a daily basis. Now in the midst of this I had a boss that allowed me to vape (see…I was getting there!) and more days than not, people would come in and ask “what is that on your desk?” Next thing you know, I am engaging in conversations about electronic cigarettes several times a week. I started requesting extra vendor cards with my orders so I could pass these along to people. God only knows how many cards or websites I passed along. Then comes my night life. We have a fairly crowded club/country bar here and next thing you know the same thing starts happening. Every night I went, people would come to me with questions, wanting to know if they really work and tell their stories of failed attempts at quiiting smoking. Again, passed out cards like crazy! Now before you know it this is happening to me when I would go out to eat, on my way into a wal-mart and it dawned on me….I could do this! I have no idea how much revenue I may or may not have generated for others from all I have shared, but why not let it be me? I now found out I was more than passionate about what helped me kick a 20 year habit, then I realized… I started remembering how good I felt every time I gave out one of those cards and always hoping “I really hope they succeed!” My God..this is what I WANT to do!
Before I write a book, the moral of this story is, I guess sometimes things like this aren’t meant to be searched for in our lives. I think they fall into place when they are meant to. Some of you may have seen my posts, but I have now started to build my own business. Small right now but you have to crawl before you can walk as they say! It may take months or maybe even years to grow, but I am more thrilled over this venture than I can begin to express. Now while I am not a doctor, I feel like by doing this and if I do it well, I can possibly open up the avenue of vaping to so many people and quite possibly be adding years to their lives. Do you know how HUGE that feels? To think in even some little teenie tiny way I could be helping share something so that people could spend better and longer lives with their family and loved ones? It may sound silly, but when I think of the long term potential, it’s mind boggling. Not to mention I am not just “doing a job”, I am sharing something I stand behind, that I personally use and that I feel has changed my life for the better in numerous ways. Truth be told, I am not able to truly put it all into words how it all makes me feel but I know it’s all VERY VERY good.
They say you are suppose to take the good from the bad and that at most times never made sense to me. I was a 20 year smoker and up to 2 packs a day…so that’s the bad. I found a means to quit through vaping (and obviously here posting due to my love and support that is found here)…and there came the good. One wouldn’t have come without the other. Had you asked me 10 years ago did I ever see myself in sales or especially something like this I would have giggled – yet here I am living a healthier life, happy, and looking forward for the the first time in ages to the road ahead. Now while I really just wanted to get this all off my chest and it’s been a bit since I posted a blog, sharing all of this feels just amazing. Regardless, it was nice to share small bits and pieces of things in my life and how I feel with all of you! Vaping does indeed change lives and obviously in more ways than I expected when I began! Thanks for letting me chatter away!