Like many people over the millennia, I have paused to ponder the question: Why Am I Here? Unlike most people, I figured it out after a while.
I came here with a few strong talents — I can write, I’m good with people in an intuitive and empathic way, I have a particular sense of the world around me. I do a few things well, but not a lot. Therefore, I’ve always been pleased and amazed that I happened to fall into the perfect career that fit my talents. I’m pretty certain I was put here, in this place, at this time, to write it all down. It was intended that I record the day-by-day history of this time and place I’m occupying, for the folks who came along in a future time and place. In three weeks, I will leave The Oklahoman and become a Journalist (Ret.). It sounds like an adventure; if only I didn’t have to be so old to start out on it. Actually, I don’t think I’ll stop being a journalist. I’ve been a news junkie for most of my life and that’s a hard habit to break.