Over 5 years ago Stefanie and I started a fling when we met at WXVT in Greenville. It was temporary because she was just starting her career in her dream field and I was a reckless 22 year-old. We knew that this thing would end at some point and we were fine with that. In so many ways we were such different people. She liked refined food, drink, music and I was..well, very much from the Mississippi Delta. Shortly after we decided to become exclusive, Pops got sick. As many of you know he got sick and died in a really short period of time. It was at that point that she stepped up and showed me kindness and empathy in such a way that I had never felt before. She mourned with me and let me be completely impossible for so many months. Not long after that, her uncle died. Her uncle was the father figure in her life, and the closest person to her aside from her mom. We were less than 1 ½ years into a relationship, and we both lost the most important people in our lives. That following October (not to go into too much detail) we found out that she was pregnant, and we lost the baby. Less than 2 years, and this is the weight that the world let us carry. These times caused us to find out so much about each other’s kindness and heart in a way that we never anticipated. We formed such a close bond because we knew that, no matter the problem, we could beat it together. In search of a “purpose” of sorts, when both of our contracts were up at WXVT, we moved to Nashville, which is her hometown. It was here that she helped me realize that I could achieve my dream of starting college and encouraged me on countless occasions along the way that I could go further and eventually realize a dream of going to law school. We moved again while she pursued her dream and I continued school to pursue my dream. We worked out as a great support group on each side because I had been in the industry so long, I could pass along advice and consultation to her, and she was my #1 fan in the pursuance of my goal. Where we were at the time, in Indiana, we ran into a lot of hardship in our relationship. We worked at the same station and the people there were really terrible to her because she had “taken” someone else’s job when we came in. The truth was, the news director told a girl that she could have the anchoring position if they could not find someone to fill the position. Stefanie took the position without the knowledge of this promise, and all of the women at the station formed an alliance against her and it turned into such a negative experience. This turmoil rolled over into our relationship and we were extremely close to ending it. We decided to move back to Nashville after that experience in hopes of salvaging anything out of this relationship. Once we moved back here for the 2nd time, we rediscovered a great appreciation for each other and began a new life. Stefanie had pretty much given up her dream of television news because she knew that I could not move again because I was getting killed with out-of-state tuition every time that we moved and I told her that I wanted to finish at MTSU. She pretty much made a decision of our relationship over the pursuance of her dream. She took a job back at the restaurant she used to work at and we were great for almost 2 years. She wasn’t fulfilled by serving after having such a career of semi-prestige of a main anchor at two stations, but she has always been a genuinely humbled person. Through all of this she has taught me to be a compassionate, kind, and giving person. I never started volunteering until I met her. I did not even have much of a compassionate outlook on life before we met. I have learned, and grown, and developed into such a good man through this entire time.
The reason that I write this long story is because she called me this morning. We started the process of separating at the end of last October. Through all of the trials and great times, we had begun to grow apart and we both knew that in the back of her mind, she always wanted to be back in news. Once we made the decision at the end of October to work to start separating our lives over the next few months, I could never envision the growing pains involved. She and I both had a terribly trying time with removing ourselves from such a beautiful life that was built on the foundation of trust, support, and genuine happiness. But we both knew that at some point she was going to want to get back into television and she was not ready to work in the Nashville market yet. Also, one big advantage to television is that you get to move around to a bunch of obscure places and immerse yourself into communities. So I moved to Murfreesboro (40 miles from Nashville) at the beginning of February and we split. In the last 2 weeks momentum has started to build for the both of us in separate lives. So, she calls me this morning to tell me that she was offered a job as the Main Anchor at a station in Albany, GA and it is the ideal situation for her. I told her how proud that I was and felt such an immense amount of joy for her because I know that is her dream and what she is supposed to do with her life. We talked for a few minutes and I went to class. She called me back this afternoon to thank me for the years of support and genuinely express how much of an impact that I have had on her life. I was speechless. Through everything that we went through, all of the low and trying times, and all of the great ones; that was the most gratifying feeling. The fact that we were able to walk away in pursuit of our own lives without any bitterness is such a testament to both of our characters. And the appreciation that we have for each other provides a great sense of peace and closure in such an important chapter of my life. The last thing that she told me today is that I made an impact, and everything that I did mattered in helping her reach this point. And I reciprocated the notion. We may not see each other for a long, long time but wow that was a good ride. Now, on to the rest of my life.
TBT. Don’t even play like Western attire wasn’t ballin.
What Spritz does differently (and brilliantly) is manipulate the format of the words to more appropriately line them up with the eye’s natural motion of reading. In this way, our eyes don’t move at all as we see the words, and we can therefore process information instantaneously rather than spend time decoding each word.
Click on the link. Look at the gif. This is a gamechanger.
This is the best thing that I’ve seen in a long while, especially studying in a field that requires sooooooo much reading. I dig it.
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This is simply brilliant!!
Where I work, for each network that we originate, there are logs each day for that network. Logs Op is a position. I sometimes find myself calling them “loges” thanks to tumblr. And no one gets it because “doge” doesn’t exist in the real world and tumblr has ruined what I think that the world is!