Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Writing A New Course For Life

At a recent high school reunion of sorts, I came directly into contact with my past, a past that at one time seemed like a planned future.  But like most things in life, things don’t always turn out exactly as we’d hoped or expected.

Edward R. Murrow High School at one time was one of the top three high schools in the nation’s biggest city.  It was an experimental magnet school at a time few like it existed.  It was opened in 1974 and when I attended in 1981, it had only graduated a few thousand students.  I graduated in 1984 and I can’t recall visiting in the past 15 years – if not more.  It recently turned 40 and celebrated by inviting all of its 20,000+ ex-students to come by the school for an all-day open house.

Due to sports obligations for my youngest child, I couldn’t get to Brooklyn and visit my old high school until 4:20 pm.  The event wrapped at 5:00 pm.  

I ran into one person I knew from my class and another that I barely recalled. But walking through the long corridors of the school’s four floors was a great experience.

I was with my two kids, my sister (who also went to the school), and my teenage niece.  Memories would flow naturally as I stepped into a classroom or looked at the cafeteria. A lot of things remained the same, from the walls and lockers to the views one would see when looking out the windows.

For the reunion, some of the tables featured random copies of the school newspaper, The Murrow Network.  As I flipped through several copies from the years I had attended I came across the very first article I’d written.  I proudly showed my kids and they thought it was cool.  Btu seeing that article reminded me I’d not fulfilled my aspiration to be a journalist.

I used to tell people I wanted to be a sports journalist, combining my two loves – writing and sports, particularly baseball.  But it never came to be. After initially looking for a job with the news media after college in the nation’s top media market and coming up empty, I went to work for a small book publisher.

I never left the industry, save for an experimental detour with law as a paralegal.

For the past 25 years I’ve helped so many writers with their books, editing, promoting, and marketing them.  I did write one book and it was published by a small press.   My real goal has been to get a book published about ethics and values.  

Life doesn’t always go as planned, but sometimes it turns out even better!

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2015

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