I remember waking up that early morning September 11, 2001 and finding this note from my wife. Normally we call each other in the morning to chat but I waited because I wanted to give her time to get in the office before I bugged her. I tried calling her at 8:50 am and it went straight to voicemail. I thought it was odd and went about my morning routine and turned on the news. As I walked into the other room I heard the news start talking about a plane hitting the trade center and my heart dropped. They hit at 8:45 am and tried calling at 8:50. I knew immediately she was gone and that’s why she didn’t answer her phone. I fell to my knees and from that day my life was forever changed.
I worked in the city in a large advertising firm and loved what I did but always had the dream of starting my own business. My wife Kelly always told me I should just go for it and start my own thing. She believed in me. After everything that happened with 9/11 and losing my wife I knew I needed a change. In 2003 I moved out of the city to pursue a longtime dream of starting a business despite the down economy. One of my partners at the firm was tired of the hustle and bustle so he decided to join me on this unknown journey I was about to get myself into. We moved to Savannah, GA since I had some family in that area it made the most sense to flock there. There are days I miss the big apple but to be honest with you I love the southern feel and it’s helped me greatly in healing from the loss of my wife on that tragic day. Do I wish I would have done this before 9/11 and moved to Savannah? Of course I do but I can’t change a thing even as badly as I want to.
My advice to you:
- Don’t waste time on doing something that is “comfortable” to you.
- Fight for what you want.
- Don’t listen to others when they tell it can’t be done.
- Don’t think for one second that living in small town means you can’t have an incredible life and business.
- Don’t let tragedies consume you and change who you are.
- Be thankful for what you have and each day you get to breathe.
- If you want to be a business owner then work hard and don’t let up for one second because it’s ultimately worth it in the end.
- Hard work pays off.
To all of those who lost someone on September 11, 2001 you’re in my thoughts and prayers constantly. I feel your pain and we will never forget. Don’t let the darkness consume you, good things can happen despite when the walls fall down around us.
I keep this note with me everywhere I go not only to remind me of my wife but also that she believed in me enough to go after my dream.
I Am A Mom and Pop.
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