The colors on the hydrangeas that line the back patio wall at my parent’s house are insane. What I love about visiting my dad’s garden is seeing the varieties of flowers and vegetables begin and complete their cycle throughout the year. The roses, irises and peonies may be gone now, but the hydrangeas are in full bloom. It’s another good metaphor for life, isn’t it?.
We are slowly letting the concept of “the store” sink in. It’s always good to visit my mom and listen to her view on things. She’s made of pure bravado and guts and have taken her real estate office to the #1 spot in Queens since opening the business with her partners 3 years ago – in turbulent housing market waters, no less. They have over 200 agents now. Not bad for a nurse who immigrated to the states with $500 in her pocket in the early 70s with no experience in business whatsoever. So her opinion on the store has always been, “duh, of course you’re going to open a store”.
Fear of the unknown, of failure, of bigger things may not be enough of an excuse to ignore a vision, however vague or tentative it might be right now. The things that happened to us this year and seeing the bumps in the road that my mom has had to overcome in the last 15 years on her journey to where she is now is proof enough that business ownership is not for the faint of heart. We have had talks. I think I get it now. It’s not a matter of if, but when the next rough bump comes along, because it certainly won’t be the last. The difference is in how you deal with it.
I know that entrepreneurship is not for everyone and not everyone desires to be their own boss. The responsibilities of owning a business is tremendous – I really learned that this year. Maybe it’s in the blood, but both my parents and nearly all of my aunts and uncles are business owners. My generation has been the first to enter the work force as professionals in 9-5 jobs, but maybe growing up in a family of entrepreneurs has influenced me in more ways than I know.
PS. I am worried about a friend tonight who is in trouble and has been going through a tough period. Please send good vibes and thoughts her way. I do not like to see others suffer. It’s really hard to stand by so helpless.