Fandango has an interesting question in three parts today:
Have you ever made a decision on a whim that turned out to change your life? Yes.
If so, what was that life-changing decision? To move to Atlanta. I was tired of traveling at the time, and knew that I would either have to change jobs or change locations, and since this was where the corporate office was, it would mean moving here. I knew that the safest thing to do would be to look for a job in the Chicago area, but, when I called Mary from the airport after a meeting here, I said “I think I’d like to move to Atlanta. What do you think?” We discussed it when I got home, and while she wasn’t as enthusiastic about it, she finally agreed to it when I agreed to call the whole thing off if she ever decided she didn’t want to do it. Long story short, we left Chicago on Halloween 1987, and we’ll have been here 35 years next Tuesday.
Can you imagine what your life would be like if you hadn’t made that decision? I can see life taking us down the same road that we’ve followed here, just in the Chicago area instead of Atlanta. Mary might have continued her pursuit of a Master’s in Library Science, which I took her away from. I probably would have gotten tired of IT and worked on my MBA as a way out of that. I think eventually we would have looked for someplace in a warmer climate, where property taxes were lower and the opportunities were better for both of us (Atlanta, maybe?). But, who knows?