As I continue to cope with the idea that in exactly twenty-one days, at this exact time, I will be sitting in Denver International Airport awaiting a life that I have no idea where it will lead me, but I am excited to begin this new chapter in my life and strive for the fulfillment that I am confident will be revealed daily.
I feel as though it's beginning to become more real to others around me that this is not just an idea that I've been talking about for the past nine months, nor one of the best pranks I've been able to convince everyone of, as it would fit with my personality for those that truly know my sarcastic side, but the fact that this is happening and others are realizing the reality that I may never return from this journey. I will also admit that the last few months leading into February has proven to be relatively difficult in comprehending and confronting all of the thoughts surrounding such an adventure–such a journey, but despite the doubts and fears, I have been overwhelmed with a sense of peace with each day leading closer to my departure date and the excitement of experiencing a better quality of life.
For those that don't know me I'll share more insights into the life of Troy. I began my career in broadcast television at the age of eighteen by overwhelming Monster.com by blasting out my resume for jobs I truly had no business in even applying for, it was after responding to a post for an accountant that I was called for an interview with a company I had never heard of called Colorado Studios. One year later HDNet was launched and I found myself learning all about high-definition television and being thrown into working live sporting events. During this time I was also going to college full time, paying my own tuition, and felt that home–ownership at the age of twenty sounded about right. Looking back, I wonder why I was so eager to grow up and willing to buy into societies mold for what success should be and how life should exist for everyone. Don't get me wrong I am truly grateful for everything I have been blessed with but I am ready to break free from that mold as I have come to realize that money and all this materialism doesn't bring a better quality of life, but for me, masks what life truly can be in investing in people's lives and living for each day. I am also one of those people that strongly believe that everything happens for a reason in life–from every encounter we have to every situation we go through, whether that experience is for us to learn something from or is not intended for us at all but for the other person we collide with in life. I'll never forget one of the best pieces of advice I received from a college roommate that later became one of my best friends. Jesse told me when I was about to meet all of his buddies from California that he grew up with to just be myself, because for whatever reason people have tried to impress them, and he told me that if I try to be anything that I'm not they will very quickly see right through that facade. He went on to say that he already liked me and to just be myself. I've taken this wonderful piece of advice and have applied it to my life realizing that if I have to change who I am to be accepted by anyone than it's not worth associating with them whomever they might be, and you would be surprised at the wealthy and influential people that have crossed the paths of both Jesse and myself in the years we have known one another. Often I am excited with the people that I will have the opportunity to meet along the way and around the world, all of the conversations and laughter that can be shared. So as I end today's blog, I hope to encourage you to seek out that better quality of life by evaluating the truly lasting memories that can be achieved.