Ten years ago today I was __________.
I answered it on Twitter like this:
That doesn’t tell the whole story though. Ten years ago today I was ______
-Still living on Long Island.
-Taking home $250 a week.
-Renting a studio apartment that held my record collection and a giant early 90’s laptop PC.
– Driving a 1980 Buick Regal I bought for $300 from a guy named Red.
– Subsisting on a diet of Goya Rice & Beans, 7-11 coffee, gin and cigarettes.
– Feeling like something had gone terribly wrong and there was no way to fix it.
Ten years ago today I was dealing with the end of my first serious adult relationship. I was depressed but it left me plenty of free time to listen to music and drink cheap gin and I did not waste my opportunity. It was not the best time in my life but it was the first step in getting me where I am today.
A little less than ten years ago my phone rang and the girl who had moved away was on the other end. A discussion led to an apology and this led to another call and then another. Within weeks I was on my way to Los Angeles where I’ve stayed ever since.