Right before the start of 2011, I had a lot of good things happening. I was in the beginning of a relationship, new position at work, solid bunch of friends, and a decent bit of cash. It was supposed to be the year of the Vig, as far as I was concerned. Since 2001, every year had some soft of upheaval from 9/11 to my enlistment and deployments; even a divorce. So, 2011 was going to be my year. By the end of February, things had changed. First the relationship tanked. Shortly thereafter, management decided to make a change and I was ousted from my new position - realistically, they needed someone to do the job full time which I couldn't do along with teaching. Either way, it was a new and exciting opportunity that fell apart. The first few months of 2011 have been a roller coaster ride with more ups and downs than the closing price of the Dow Jones index.
Relationships come and go and those that revolve around insanity, fluctuations, and an overall inability to act like an adult leave not so distraught. Any breakup is a loss or, at least, an adjustment. So I adjusted. I still had enough going for me. That's when the job shit hit me. Once again, I understand the reasoning and it truly does make sense at the end of the day, but it's still something else that was taken away.
Lately, the friend thing has taken a hit as well. I haven't lost friends, but it seems that the instant switch from Mississippi cold to heat has short circuited the brains of some people. I just feel drama around lots of people. And it's not just with me and my friends. It's with some friends and other friends. It's between totally separate groups of people that I overhear at work and other places. I don't get it.
Why don't people just let others be? If you don't like someone, ignore them. Why start shit? If someone at work isn't pulling their weight (by your standards), tough. Pick up the slack. Maybe it sucks now, but you'll go places and they won't. If your friend has more money than you, use it at motivation to make more or do more or be progressive about your life. I wanna be 10 again where we rode our bikes, knocked on a door and asked Jimmy's mom if he could come out and play. If he could, great; if not, we knocked on a different door. There was no judgment back then. We all live our lives under a microscope and I feel it's because the people who we CHOOSE to call our friends are constantly holding us accountable for doing (or not doing) what THEY want.
So, despite the curve balls (which are only a little league kinda curve) that life has thrown me so far in 2011, I've made a decision. This year IS the year of the Vig. I don't care about any other drama. I'm pumping out tons of content five websites on a weekly basis or more. My cash flow is well in the positive direction. I'm gaining lots of traction with companies about social media and tech projects.
I don't need drama and refuse to accept it into my life. I live MY life. I'm single, I'm alone. I do what I need to do to be fiscally sound, progress in my life (school, business), and be happy. If you want to join me, I'd love to have you along for the ride. We'll have a few beers, many laughs, take some pictures for posterity and enjoy our time. If you don't, ok then - do your thing. Run your race.
I'm going to work my ass off at my full-time job, keep plugging away at school, provide informational/entertaining content across all my endeavors and spend time with people who are simple. If you're judgmental about how I live, go away. If you create drama, go away. If you have a hard time just meeting up for a good time, go away. Oh... yeah... If you're a megaphone mouth that has to tell the world everything you hear and don't know the definitions of - secret, tact, confidence, go away. If none of that sounds like you and you're a dependable, trustworthy, and affable individual who adds positive to value to my life, call me immediately.
This is not directed at someone in particular; not even in a subdued kinda way. I'm not being cryptic. I'm just saying, I'm getting refocused - this time on me and what my life needs. In 2 years, it will undergo a huge change and I want to be as prepared as possible and most of that comes from the mental standpoint. I also want to enjoy my life along the way.
So this year, 2011, is absolutely, 100%, indubitably, the year of the Vig. Maybe not for you, but you're not me in the first place, are you? Good things will happen for me, because I will make it so. Hopefully, good people will join me in the process.