Thursday, May 31, 2012

Magic Moments

You know, we all need a break sometimes.

A moment when we step away from "business as usual" and just appreciate life.

Treadmills, traffic, board rooms and conference calls... we have to let them all drift away.

Instead, we must learn again to appreciate the simple beauties.

Sunrises, sunsets, smiles and sitting around leisurely. Loving those Moments of Wonderful, as a friend of mine might call them.

So, as we enter into a busy summer season after an already-busy month of May, I hope you find those magic moments that bring out the best this world can offer and let you relax a little. In whatever ways you might need at the time.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Intersecting Roads in Journalism

As far back as I can remember, writing has been something I've loved doing.

I'm told it's been a passion of mine from the earliest grades in school, and I remember writing my first Batman-style story, "The Diamond Men," back in 3rd grade. That creative writing evolved into poetry and longer story writing as the years went on, before eventually taking a real world spin into journalism in middle school. That became my life, my passion, my career goal - and since graduating from college more than a decade ago I've been blessed to to be able to live my dream.

Of course, diabetes has been a part of my life that whole time, too. Diagnosed with type 1 at age 5, just before kindergarten in March 1984. My writing through the various stages of my life has coincided with - and sometimes been fueled by - these adventures of Living With Diabetes.

But I never wanted diabetes to spill into my job. Why would I, when I live with it all the time? The two roads were separate and running parallel. Some people went into specific jobs or careers because of their diabetes, but that wasn't something that interested me. Sure, I occasionally wrote about diabetes in handwritten notepads and journals, word processing programs, and eventually  online forums and listservers. But that was just for me, on my own spare time. To vent and cope.

My career focus was journalism, and that passion to share stories and empower people with knowledge took me from newspapers in Southeast Michigan to Indianapolis where I worked as a reporter for a six-day county newspaper covering everything under the sun. Eventually, to a statewide legal newspaper published twice a month where I talked to lawyers and judges all day. Along the way, I managed to propose in a newspaper guy's fashion - by creating an eight-page broadsheet newspaper that asked the all-important "Will you marry me?" question on the front page.

Newspapering was my calling, and I loved doing that for traditional newspapers - (I would've loved the post-Watergate Era journalism in the 70s, had I been around). Diabetes was just along for the ride and wasn't guiding my decisions, except for the fact that I really needed my job to provide those necessary insurance benefits. But other that that, The D didn't define me.

Then, something started to change.