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3 Life-changing, pants-scaring moments in my life

I can confidently say that there have been three distinct, life-changing, pants-scaring moments in my life that no amount of preparation or planning or bracing could ready me. I could research something until my eyes bugged out of my head, but reading or hearing about something is never the same as experiencing it. 1. San Francisco The first was when I moved to San Francisco shortly after graduating college. I didn’t have a job. I didn’t have any friends. I only had my oldest sister, who was also going on a life journey by moving out west. Most of my fellow graduates were opting to stay in Texas, whether returning to their hometowns or sticking around Austin. The economy wasn’t great in 2003 with all the dot-bombs, and it was certainly a risk to move to an expensive city with not much to my name. But I HAD to do it. My whole life had been predictable and safe and secure. I thank my parents for my upbringing, but it was time to kick myself out of the …

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