Living with the feeling that life will be cut short anytime can be both troubling and exciting.

by | Aug 5, 2011

Following is an excerpt from my book, Reconciliation, A Son’s Story.
I’ve always had this feeling that my life would be cut short somehow along the way, and had a sense of urgency to move fast and make it big news.  Cutting my career short and moving to the beautiful mountains surrounding Leavenworth, Washington in 1990, was a monster move!  During the late 80’s my career with Nortel Networks in the information technology industry was at an unbelievable high point.  I really didn’t deserve all this success.  I was born and raised in a “second class” home for starters.  Why did I deserve to become a vice president of sales of a Fortune 500 company making well into a six figure income, living in a 5000 square foot home near the Atlanta Golf and Country Club in Duluth, Georgia?  Well, I worked my ass off and pushed people around and out of the way to succeed.  I finally graduated from college with a BA in Management from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Ca.  I was married to Judy, a beautiful blue eyed, petite, sexy, athletic and adventurous lady who loved to take a calculated risk with me.  I was fortunate to have another chance at being a father with the adoption of our little girl, Sarah, who changed our lives completely.  I was on the fast track and had to somehow get the hell out and take advantage of our dream to build a log home and live in the mountains before life ended.  This was the kind of sense of urgency and PTSD symptom that moved me for many years; until starting life over and learning how to slow down in a small town tucked away in the beautiful Icicle Valley about two miles from town.  And life begins again with a surreal feeling of being someplace very special to share with my family.

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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