Part 2: I Found What Brings Me Alive. Now What?
So here I was a few months from retiring after 20 years in the military and I am scared out of my mind. Financially I had set myself up, that wasn't the concern. I was worried I made the wrong choice, the fear of drifting in life without purpose. Maybe the military was my purpose? But my heart, my gut feeling was telling me something different.
I wrote a list of my passions down on a piece of paper. I wrote down things that I loved doing that stemmed back to my childhood. Beer, Wine, & Spirits wasn't the first choice. It literally was 4-5 on my list.
The first thing I did was try to create a walking audio guided tours for an app service while I was traveling. I would research a rout around Rome, Paris, Brussels and create points around the city with history and a story at each point. Sounds pretty cool right? I did this for a few months, but I wasnt excited about waking up to do this.
The next thing I tried was interviewing tattoo artists and taking phots of their artwork and tattoos. This was a cool gig, but I wasn't in love with writing. In fact, I am horrible with grammer. I couldn't get anything published.
There were a few other things I tried, like using my nutrition degree to work at a local gym, but it was the same song and dance. Now it was time to cross my curiousity of beer, wine, and spirits off the list. I remember sending 50 emails to different breweries, wineries, and distilleries asking to learn in exchange to help out and work on whatever they needed me to. Out of the 50 emails 1 brewery said yes. Delirium Brewery would literally change my life and I didn't even have a clue of what this would grow into.