New Day Rising


As a young lad, my wonderful mum (not a person cut out for the internet) told me that I should not bore people with my problems. Unfortunately, this has stuck with me and I am far from an attention seeker. Positive or negative.

The Post Fishworld Years

Years ago, I was working for a large company and things were going swimmingly. Then a lot of things went sour. The company was bought out and parts of it were sold off. A co-worker would pass away and the event would become a highly controversial film (which I can tell you is mainly incorrect). The company struggled and the new owners did what they do best and they laid off some of the staff. I was the first person in the history of my company to get the boot. Lucky me!

This was during the end of the financial debacle and I struggled to find employment.

Then a friend cheerily called me. What she said was not very positive. Basically she told me that the place she was working at is looking for a member of management because our other friend couldn’t stand it and left which leaves a position open. It is terrible but it is a paycheck.

Sign me up!

So my journey began. Always a disaster and a promise of something improving that never came. What happened was something out of a tragic novel; but sadly, it was my life!

I lost a lot of time. My car repeatedly broke down. I lost some people who I viewed as friends.

Then during one of the major plot twists of the tale, I just pulled myself way back and did some deep introspection. I had to just work on Steve. If people wanted to work against me then I would let them do that because their poor choices were for them to own. I am an expert in my field so my work will trump their actions.

Christmas Gift

After the change in my strategy, things just fell into place. I left the company and landed a local government position.

The other day I was checking my voicemail and heard a message I missed from my new employer. Basically, my new boss worked out a pay rate at the higher end of the scale. He said he wanted to show that they were committed to keeping me around. What a change in my life!

So to anyone reading this who is going through hard times, I fully understand what it is like.

I understand going without.

I understand watching other peoples lives moving along while you can only just plant yourself and try to get by.

When one issue pushes you miles backwards and you know that you are going to have to push on yet another time.

But there is more out there. You just have to figure out what you have to do to get there.

When things were falling apart at my old job, they would ask me if I could take on one more task. I did. I did because although it would not help me there; it could help me someplace else.

So 2018 is on the horizon and for me it will be the end of a long, hard time and the beginning of a better journey. And a lot more surf adventures.

Happy Holidays!



About 1stpeaksteve

Welcome to The Side Wedge! The Side Wedge is a product of the journey through life of Steve Zima. Former professional surfer, a writer, surf coach, and hospitality manager. This is a collection of travel tips, motivation, and stories from my past. Finally, I offer surf coaching through The Side Wedge. Please feel free to contact me with questions if you want to improve your performance today! Thanks for reading!
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