June 18, 2013 — I can say without hesitation I’ve had a lot of fun working for The Lassen County Times this past year, maybe more fun than I’ve ever had at a job. I got to take a lot of photos and made some new friends along the way.
But things change, and I’m leaving The Times as a staff writer, although I hope to contribute freelance articles from time to time.
I sort of stumbled into this job, and it anchored me at a time I badly needed it. Although I had worked off and on as a journalist for years, this was my first shot at news reporting, and the experience has enriched me.
I see our community through different eyes. And while I’ve sat through enough public meetings to last me the rest of my life, I still enjoyed learning a little bit about how local government works.
The main thing I’ve taken from the past year is even though there’s still a lot of anger in the world and a lot of people who hurt others, there are many more working to make the world a more positive place. Many people have inspired me through their stories: people involved in charity for cancer, domestic violence, and homelessness. I met a woman who has devoted her life to saving greyhounds, a man who hiked from one end of California to the other, men and women who stood up and told about their struggles with mental illness and so many others. They’ve all left their mark in one way or another.
I love this community, and although I’ve been back and forth, I plan to make Lassen County my home. I’ve seen much of the world and have found few places that rival the beauty we have here.
I am moving to Doyle, however, and that’s part of my decision to leave the paper and work from my home office. As well as articles for magazines, I write copy, such as website content, brochures or white papers, for businesses; so I manage to stay busy.
People are fond of saying things always turn out for the best. I don’t buy that. Things turn out is all, and we make the best of whatever life hands us. I don’t believe in best or worst.
Maybe if I had gone in another direction it might have led me to a different career, maybe a more settled life. Maybe I would have been as happy with my choices as I am now. How can I know if my life would have been better or worse? All I know is it would be different.
When we change paths, whether we step off, fall off or are pushed off, it all leads to the same place, a chance to reevaluate, and maybe reinvent, our lives.
I’m looking forward to the next reinvention.
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