September 15, 2011

Boston. April, 2001

“We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.” Nor wish to nail the door on it. This photo was taken less than three months before I left my 23-year stint at public broadcasting. Shown, colleagues who had been at the station for 20 years or more. I look at this crowd and see lots of friends, lots of “characters,” lots of people who are no longer with us some ten years later. Most have moved on (voluntarily or not) to, I hope and suspect, better things. My own epiphany came on a walk home one sunny afternoon after a few years of supervisor-fueled dissatisfaction with my job. I remember the moment very well, remember the exact corner where I was waiting for the traffic light to change, and it came to me: “I don’t have to stay in this job.” That had never occurred to me before. Maybe because my father had had one job for his whole life. The next day, I started work on my resumé, started to ask around among friends. Before long, I found something much better, much more challenging and respectful. A very good move. As the poets tell us, “You must change your life.”

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