Looking back

I’ve sacrificed a lot to get here. Not just a little bit, but a whole lot. I’ve realized that in the last few days.

It took me leaving my beloved California to get an opportunity to run with the big dogs. For that, I will be eternally grateful. Now, I get to do the pro stuff up close and personal on a regular basis. I have a team of people ready to back me up whenever I need them. If I fall, someone will catch me. If they fall, someone will catch them. These are the benefits of moving up a newspaper weight class.

But more and more, it comes to my attention the things I gave up for the benefits I have now: Writing regularly, family dinners, holidays at home, hanging with friends and the institutional knowledge of where exactly to go on a lazy Sunday for fun and lady-like trouble.

There’s no telling how many holidays I’ll miss. Or graduations (only two left in the family). Sometimes, these things sadden me. But I’m hard pressed to think of myself as the sappy type who needs pity or empathy to feel better about my situation. In this socio-economic climate, I’m doing great. And don’t even mention how well I’m doing in the newspaper industry. Let’s just say I’m blessed.

I’m reminded of how good things are often because there are some really cool perks for my job. And if I’m ever down in the dumps, those perks are more cherished than usual. For instance, I’m making my way back to California next week. But not because I’m going to see family and hang out with friends. I’ll be headed to Southern California to help cover the NBA Finals. Not sure if I did anything good lately in the office, but my number was called and I’ll be playing a role in our coverage. All under the bright lights of course.

I may even run into some of my L.A. people. That’s a two-for-one in my book. I’d say that’s pretty good for a guy who was doing little league stuff two years ago at this time.

My, how things have changed. I’d look back more, but I prefer looking forward.

6 Replies to “Looking back”

  1. It’s always impressive to me when someone knows what they want to do and they go out and do it. It’s only a matter of time before you move up the chain again, Zuri. Good work, man.

  2. Zuri, this really struck a chord with me. Last month, I realized that I’ve missed six consecutive Easters with my family. Due to my lack of cooking skills, we microwaved some pre-fab Easter dinner from Giant, but it just wasn’t the same.

    Sharon and I feel like we’re stuck in D.C. There’s so many jobs here, especially in my new field of economics. But sometimes I wonder if we’d be happier with lesser careers if it meant being closer to home. Though we could always live here for a bit and move in a few years …

  3. I read and I feel you bruh! I know it’s hard being away from your family and friends. With this economic crisis we are in, make your money! One day, if you are still writing you’ll be able to see your family at will(crawl before you walk). Or maybe is it that the lifestyle of a writer is very limited? I hope one day you’ll be the head man running the newspaper. Congrads Zuri!

  4. Sorry you’re feeling homesick Zuri, but you have a really good attitude about it. congrats on getting to go to LA to cover the finals! Proud of you my friend.

  5. Congrats on the Finals gig. I’m right there with you on the being homesick part. Hell, I’m right there with you on pretty much everything on that post. I couldn’t have done what I’ve done without leaving, but it doesn’t mean I have to completely like it.

  6. Nice post Zuri. I’ll see what I can do to help you out in a few weeks about getting you more in trouble with the ladies. My travels cool down and we see to be at our best together, when we are out for “Mondays and Wednesdays”. Have fun in LA, you’ll be coming here just as I’ll be going home.

    Oh and of course…go Celtics 🙂

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