I don’t talk too much about certain big things going on in my personal life, well just because not everything belongs on the blog, but now that things are becoming more real and it’s kind of a big deal for us, I thought I would share what has been going on in our house over the last 9 months!
You may (or may not) have noticed that ever since Chris’s half ironman back in July I stopped talking about his training or spectating his races because there haven’t been any.
And for good reason.
Last fall, after a very long time of being miserable in his current job, Chris decided to make a change. He talked to many of his friends and searched around looking for the answer because he knew he could not keep doing what he was doing for the rest of his life (Construction Management). He was miserable and stressed and just plain unhappy. After searching around one thing really jumped out at him, he researched it, talked to people, did ride alongs, and it just clicked. He knew what he wanted to do – he wanted to be a firefighter.
Now is not really a fantastic time in California to be pursuing such a change (or to be pursuing anything in this messed up state), but he is doing everything in his power to make this dream a reality and set himself up for success.
So last fall he set the ball in motion. He started taking night classes a couple nights a week after his full time job. Then for 10 weeks from October – December he was taking an EMT class 8 hours a day on Saturday AND Sunday. This meant he had no days off and often no evenings off. He was busy to say the least.
He finished EMT school and became a certified EMT, then started more night fire classes this spring. He researched Paramedic programs and just was accepted and committed to one beginning in June.
All this while still working 40+ hours a week at a job he hated.
We both knew he couldn’t last much longer doing what he was doing, so he started applying different places and finally one worked out. He interviewed and was hired as an EMT for a local company and is starting his new job today. His last day at his old job was the day we left for Boston.
This is requiring some big sacrifices on both of our parts, but in the long run it is going to be 100% worth it. Times are going to be tight for a little while, but watching Chris get to pursue his dream and find a career that truly makes him happy makes me so happy.
Chris is a person who doesn’t settle for anything, and although sometimes it’s hard for me to grasp, I truly admire him for that quality. I would have a really hard time putting my life on hold, not training for races and committing all my free time to school and studying, all while working full time.
But if it’s something you want bad enough, it’s always worth it.
When it comes to careers or training for races or anything in life, we all have to make sacrifices and work hard to get what we want. Things that are worth having are always worth working hard for and Chris is a true example of this.
It won’t be long now and he will be back out there demolishing the triathlon and running scene again, but for now, he isn’t settling and is making his dreams a reality and I couldn’t be prouder.
Congrats Chris and good luck at your first day!