So no one really knows this as I didn’t want many people to worry/ask questions except for those really close to me. About 2 weeks ago I got laid off by the company I was working for. That alone was a shock, I’d officially been with Andrea for a little over a month, I was starting to finally feel really comfortable in my apartment, I was starting to feel like San Francisco is my home.
I wasn’t sure what to do so I called my mom right away telling her the bad news and we both really didn’t know what to say. It just felt like everything I had at that moment was about to be taken away from me. I’m here on a TN Visa and if you lose your job you essentially have 10 days to get the fuck out of the country. I was scheduled to go to Paris, Nice, Monaca, and Barcelona… I didn’t know if that was still going to happen.
I went home and called the landlord wondering how fast I could get out of my lease. He gave me some really confusing information that I couldn’t follow at all at the time.
Finally, I called Andrea. She knew that I’m completely opposed to any idea of a long distance. I told her that I’m not sure where this leaves us. We were supposed to hang out in the evening that same day. She didn’t say much but just told me she would come over and bring food.
We decided not to come to conclusions about us until we knew for sure that I would have to leave the country. We immediately made cookies, took a few hits from a joint and made ice cream sandwiches with the cookies. This whole time I felt like a complete loser (which I didn’t think would happen) but she was so reassuring it was amazing. She’s so level headed.
The next morning I was considering to not go on my trip to Europe but after figuring something out with work that would let me stay in the country for 30 days I decided to take off anyways.
I got to completely enjoy Europe with my brother and sister all while sending out resumes and practicing for interviews.
I think it goes without saying that Europe was amazing. So. Many. Carbs.
When I came back I had so many interviews setup that I basically spent the mornings/afternoon on interviews whether it was on the phone or in person and then studying for the interviews at night. Again, Andrea was so fucking awesome. She would just come with me to Starbucks and work on her school stuff while sneaking little kisses in between it all.
Long story short, I have an amazing offer from a startup that makes services for volunteering which serves to non-profits and to big companies who want to create a bigger volunteer initiative within their industries. It’s such a niche market, but it’s for a good cause, pays even more than what I was making previously and the people there seem so much cooler.
With that said, I also got through to the 3rd interview with Twitter and should be hearing from them today as well. This is a crazy situation because I am pretty sure I got the offer from there too… but I might not even take it. I think this is a huge revelation in terms of how I’ve grown. When I was in school I would have jumped at the opportunity to work at a big company but that’s not all that’s important and I realize that now.
I’m so appreciative of my friends, Nick, Woolf, Joe, Sunny, and my awesome fucking girlfriend, Andrea who I’m still going to EDC with (burning man is still on the fence right now). I’m also really appreciative of my family who surprisingly was so supportive of me wanting to stay in San Francisco. I seriously don’t think I could have gone through this without all of their support.
With all of that said I also have another interview with a company called GREE today. I honestly don’t give a fuck anymore, but I kinda want to go into an interview feeling that way.
I’ve realized that my passion for jiu jitsu has to take a bit of a backseat. My first passion was coding and that’s how I make my living. Jiu jitsu is my hobby. I don’t want to be a world champion, I want to train a little, compete a little and ultimately help the sport grow so some other person can dedicate their life to it in hope of making a decent amount of money. I’m not sure how I could help facilitate that but that’s what I care about now.
Who knows what will change. Life is crazy, fun and scary. Ultimately life is good though.