"In to one’s life, some rain must fall."
That quote, “in to one’s life, some rain must fall“, was first taught to me by my father (along with, “if a frog had wings, he wouldn’t bump his butt”). Both were meant to remind me not to complain too much, and that things are not always perfect, happy, shiny, or fun. Sometimes things just don’t go how we planned, or how we would like. That’s just how life goes sometimes.
As of today, I am no longer the Marketing Manager for FOCUS Bicycles North America. I’m sure gonna hate removing that from all of my social media profiles, let me tell ya…
It wasn’t my decision to leave, though I understand the reasoning behind the decision made by others. “It is what it is.” Another apt quote for this moment.
I genuinely loved my time and experiences while at FOCUS and the many folks I got to work with, from the sales reps, to the retailers, to the consumers, to the many athletes. And then there’s the bikes themselves… yummy.
So, drawing again from the rain analogy, we sure need a lot of rain here in California and we’ve gotten a good amount in the past few days. That rain brought flooding in places, some mudslides in areas, and generally created havoc on our freeways… since people in SoCal have NO clue how to drive in the rain. But in just a few days, and weeks, the dry brown hills will become green again. Soon, wildflowers will blanket those hillsides, and the trees will be green and healthy again. When it’s green here, it’s really beautiful… and we’ve been in the worst drought of the past 130+ years… so we really need that rain.
Once this “rain” in my life dries up, there will be new growth, new experiences, new opportunities, and new friendships formed. I am confident of that. I’ve already- thankfully- got a few conversations going about the future. There’s even an outside chance I’ll finally begin my consulting business as well. I’ve got a strong desire to get back to working closely with companies in Taiwan, so I really wish I could be in Taiwan now for the Taipei Show to meet with my many friends and contacts there.
In the short term, I may take on some freelance projects and get back to writing much more on the industry. The Kool-Aid site needs more attention and content… and now I’ve got the time to do something about that! The bike industry is a tempestuous mistress, but I’m a lifer and I’m not going anywhere, any time soon.