So comes the end of the month and I'm close to relinquishing control of IndyGeek - either to a new owner or to close the doors completely. This is a defining moment for me, as I plan to move on to the next phase of my life. However, I'm not quite sure what that might prove to be. This begs the question to be asked: Is there life after IndyGeek.
The answer: there most certainly is.
I always wondered what I would do if I didn't have IndyGeek. At the time, IG was my life. It was my motivation for getting up in the morning and going to bed at night. I lived and breathed IG. But I've recently realized that's no way to live your life.
My family is important to me. Sure it's just my wife and 2 cats at our house, but I enjoy my family. And the fact is that while I was busy with my nose to the grindstone with IG, I was missing out on life. I missed being the person I started to become while living in Philadelphia - urban, sophisticated and cultured. I still miss the world I lived in then and hope to again in the not-to-distant future.
There are a lot of skills one acquires when having their own business and I can definitely use those skills (and talents) on an ongoing basis in a meaningful employment setting. I've also been told by several people on many occasions that I am a good writer and should pursue something in that realm. I do enjoy writing as it's a creative release for me. It's the best way I know how to express myself in an educated manner. All I need to do is to find the appropriate subject matter (technology, while I love it and it is one of my many passions, just isn't it).
The point of this diatribe is that there is, in fact, life after a changing force. The point is to find something else to move on to and go with it. Even if something doesn't immediately spring to mind, don't worry about it. Take some much needed time off (like I'm doing) and learn to enjoy all that surrounds you first, and it will come to you.
Remember that life is worth savoring, like a fine wine. It's all about the experience. Own it.