Monday, December 22, 2008

A year from then

It's amazing how much can change in a year. One year ago, my life revolved around college. I had just finished my third semester at Old Dominion and was getting ready for my last one. Academia occupied a dominant position in my life - it consumed a great deal of my time and energy. I was finally going to get that degree; I just had to get through one more semester, a few more classes, a few more papers...

Most of the space not occupied by college was occupied by college basketball. I lived and breathed Old Dominion basketball and WODU. I was constantly going from one game to another, working to make sure our games would get on the air, doing play-by-play, hosting my weekly radio show. There would always be another game...

I was starting to think hard about what I wanted to do career-wise after I finished school. I was putting in applications, mostly to railroads and other logistics companies, and trying to come to terms with the idea of a career that didn't involve sports. I had no idea what I was going to do, knowing only that I had to do something...

Now it's a year later. I have the degree. I've thought about going for a master's degree, but college now seems somehow strange, remote. Alien. I don't know that I want to go back. I don't know that I could go back.

Another game hasn't come. I closed that door regretfully, although I keep telling myself that one day there will be another. Perhaps there will. I hope so.

I have a career, and although it doesn't involve sports, it does involve another passion, railroading. I don't regret the choice, although I do regret some of the sacrifices it has required. I know there are more of those to come, probably very soon. I am coming to a crossroads in my career - perhaps interlocking would be a more appropriate word - and there will be choices to be made, although I don't yet know what all of the options will be. I hope I choose the right ones.

I wonder where I'll be a year from now. I wonder what I'll be a year from now. I wonder who I'll be a year from now.

I guess I'll find out.