I tried explaining that, yes, I’m still a marketing consultant but have expanded from general marketing communications to also offer specialized work in strategic brand positioning (targeting, competitive analysis, value propositions and so on). And that I was still into vision and mission statements. And still freelancing in public relations too.
I told him that, yes, I still hear from the ad rep at Aviation Week and still get free passes to the Middle East & North Africa Finance Project forums in Dubai but my world now also includes wild blackberry plants, cows that runaway from home and friendly notes back and on the topic of raising goats.
I even confessed that I’m trying my hand as a novelist: one under contract for publication in 2018, a second being shopped around, a third undergoing revisions and a fourth with just a few chapters finished but going strong.
I said that though The Work is still interesting and still important to me so too were other things –having learned to enjoy my work and my play as one (like peanut butter & jelly).
What I hoped to convey is that I’m still evolving. Still in the game but with more than one game going now. That I’m a bit of a rolling stone.
It feels good. Feels right.
Though it is a bit strange for a city boy sailor to go full blown boonies.
The house is up on stilts like at the beach –but in a pasture. Cows get loose and wander too close to the grape vines. Deer gather at the persimmon tree in broad daylight to eat the fallen fruit. A stray cat (that we’ve been feeding) has taken up residence in the farm jeep (I’m still unable to drive, still recuperating from a car wreck).
But it all makes sense somehow and I finally understand (genuinely and deep within myself) what’s meant when Harley riders say “If I have to explain, you wouldn’t understand.”
Dear Reader, if you don’t get what I’m doing, you probably never will. Not until you try it for yourself. Try something new, zig left when others zag right.
I can’t wait to hear about that, your new adventure in life, the one that changes you forever.
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— Tim “JT” Bryant, Surf Director, Pineapple Hill