Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Saturday, October 16, 2021

2021 Birthday Post

Today is my birthday. Won't you help me celebrate?


What a year, huh? 

I worked from home most of the year. I have had a great view of my yard, which I really enjoy. Sometimes deer or wild turkeys walk through.

I returned to the office starting in June and was laid off in July. We had a new VP of Sales who wanted a young, hip and cool sales team; and as a grumpy, old, expensive dinosaur, I didn't make the cut.

It all worked out though. I was given a generous 2 months severance and they paid for COBRA coverage for that time.

I made 113 applications, received over 40 rejection emails; which I appreciated because I knew where I stood with those companies. I had a handful of interviews I had two job offers and could have had a third but I backed out as I learned more about that third company.

So before the 2 months expired, I started a new job as a Sales Engineer in an industry I've enjoyed before. What I made on unemployment turned out to be a bonus. 

 And I'm working from home. Permanently.

God willing, if all goes according to plan, I'll retire in a few years.

I had stopped training in iaido in May, because my wife and I become very busy, socially, during the summer and I would have missed a large number of classes; for which I would have had to pay anyway. The dojo has moved on to mostly practicing aikido now. I have to see how this new job is going to work out for me timewise, before I commit to training in a dojo again.

Having said that, my taijiquan practice is flourishing. Life just works better when I practice everyday.

Besides getting a ton of reading under my belt, in this last year I've taken up archery and shooting. A neighbor have me a mountain bike. I have to get a new rear wheel because it was bent. Tracking one down because of supply issues in the current nut to crack.



Joe said...

Happy Birthday! Very happy things are working out for you :-)

Anthony said...

Happy Birthday from the UK Rick. Hope you had a good one. Many thanks for the interesting, thoughtful articles you post - including today's.

Rick Matz said...

Thank you very much. It’s been a great day.

Unknown said...

Happy birthday. Enjoy your work. Practice is the goal

Rick Matz said...

Thanks. Life just works better when I practice every day.