Monday, October 16, 2006

Carolina or California: A Crossroads

What a strange place to be in right now. Of course, the preceding sentence probably makes no sense to you, since you probably don't know what strange place I'm referring to.

Well, let me break down "life according to Jeff" for you. There are two things that, to me, equal a successful life. Two main things, anyway. Of course there are thousands upon thousands of individual things, moments, thoughts, events, conflicts, etc., that make up the entirety of a successful life. But for the purposes of now, let's just break it down to two. Now, I don't want to sound like some silly astrologer, but the two things I'm referring to are 1) career, and 2) love. Or, somewhat less aesthetically pleasant: money and sex.

But let's stick with career and love, as I'm feeling sentimental today.

First of all, however, let me fill you in on a bit of history here. I spent my formative years in Southern California, which explains my love for all things San Diego (Chargers spanked the 49ers today, by the way) and my attraction to Los Angeles. I spent the last 10 years of my life in North Carolina (minus one year in Korea, but whatever), where I attended three different colleges on my way to three degrees. In between California and Carolina was Nevada, which is, not entirely without irony, where I am at this very moment.

Now that you're even more confused, let me tie all this shit in: life is career and love, which are somewhat frighteningly represented at this crossroads in my life by California (career) and Carolina (love). Even more frightening is that neither is a sure bet... in fact, both are long-shots at best; blatant impossibilities at worst.

In California lies Hollywood, the ultimate goal of my career aspirations since at least 1997. That's right, nine years of my life have been dedicated to preparing for Hollywood. I want to write movies. I want to make movies. Where else do you really do that than in Los Angeles?

In Carolina lies, well, a nameless beauty that I can't help but be infatuated with. And believe me, I've been trying incessantly to get her out of my head... to no avail. I want this girl. Not in a "stalker-obsessive" way, mind you (I swear), but I want this girl. More than anything. Repeat that: more than anything.

So, here I am at a crossroads. In California lies my nine-year objective, my working future, my career of choice. In Carolina lies my, for lack of better non-poetic term, my heart.

Either way is a complete risk. Neither way guarantees anything. In fact, both ways probably guarantee that the path that I don't pick will no longer even be an option in the rest of my life. I can usually find a middle-ground when it comes to life-altering crap like this... but not this time. This time, I don't have a clue. My mind tells me California. That other organ tells me to pull a Good Will Hunting and "go see about a girl."

I guess the choice is going to be made for me in one way or another in the near future... but until that happens... what a completely nerve-racking way to live a life.

Any suggestions?


Anonymous said...

Can the NC "part" be convinced to move to CA?

If so, there's your middle ground.

Posted by Geoffry on October 16, 2006 - Monday - 7:14 AM

Anonymous said...

I want you back in NC because I miss my friend, but you need to go for career. Career, Jeff, career.

Posted by Jessica Lynn on October 16, 2006 - Monday - 8:10 AM

Anonymous said...

Um... have to ask. Has this girl changed her mind and given you any hopes it would happen?

Posted by Joe on October 16, 2006 - Monday - 8:48 AM

Anonymous said...

Of course not... but you know me, hopeless romantic and the rest of those clich├ęs.

Oh, my... the things I write when I have alcohol in my system...

Posted by JeffScape on October 16, 2006 - Monday - 9:01 AM

Anonymous said...

dude, CAREER!!! the last time i used my heart rather than my brain, i ended up with two kids, a rather worthless ex-husband, and NO CAREER. once you hit it big, she'll come a-runnin to be with you.

Posted by **JEAN** on October 16, 2006 - Monday - 3:11 PM

Anonymous said...

wish i had some words of wisdom for you, but unfortunately, i have none. :(

you'll figure it out...

Posted by you have no idea... on October 27, 2006 - Friday - 3:06 PM

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