The Background Story

Go ahead and get caught up. Where am I at and how did I get here? More importantly, where am I going?

Where was I one month ago? I was in the home that I bought for my son and I. It was our first home and a place we were very proud of. I’m 27 now and purchasing a home for me and my son to grow in at the age of 24 was a hell of an accomplishment. At that time I had expectations of being there for years, until fast forward to now, when I realized that my dreams needed to take priority.

I was a department supervisor in a production facility that packaged frozen vegetables. Over five years and some change at this job I had worked myself up through the ranks and had worn multiple hats. I was making nearly 30 dollars an hour working closely with our sales and corporate team while ordering supplies and scheduling the departments production. My stock as an employee there was on the rise, but there was one problem. Although there is nothing wrong with being a production worker, that’s not the dream, and it was time for me to start following that dream.

I was in a relationship, until I explained the plan that I had come up with in pursuit of my dream. My plans didn’t align with those of my now ex as the conversation ended with an ultimatum. No need to get into details, but I had come to the decision already that no matter what I was going for my dreams, I wasn’t going to settle anymore and when I had to make the decision between my dream or being with someone that didn’t support my decision to go all in on that dream, the decision was a simple one.

I love the game of baseball, and my dream is to become a baseball writer. I could spend everyday watching, reading about, or taking about baseball, and trust me that isn’t an exaggeration. I love everything about the game and it occupies my mind constantly. I love to write, it is a positive and affective way for me to express myself, and for me to combine these two things that I love, is the dream. I want to support my family doing what I love. The dream is to be happy, and to be able to proudly say this is what I do, and there is nothing I would rather be doing. I don’t want to wake up every morning with a feeling of dread that it’s time to get up and go punch a clock doing something that doesn’t make me happy. Instead I want to wake up in the morning with a smile, excited about the days work ahead of me.

There are so many people in the world that don’t know what they want to do, or what they are meant to do with their lives. I consider myself lucky, I’m fortunate enough to know exactly what I want to do. It would be a complete disservice to myself to not go for it.

So, that’s what I did.

I’m going for it. My first home, gone, sold it so I could live off of the equity to support myself and my son. Why do I need the money to support my family? Because I quit that job to give the pursuit of my dreams the time and attention that they deserve. We’ve since moved into an apartment and things are going pretty well for us. The start to this journey has proved to be exciting, scary, and a little overwhelming at times, but I’m happy to say that I’m going for it.

Originally published at on August 28, 2020.



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Zach Walling

I’m a dreamer, I’ve made a lot of sacrifices to be able to pursuit my dreams. I sold my home and quit my job to focus on my dream of becoming a writer.