A day in the life of me, Joshua. Born and raised in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, the place I tend to call home, but nowadays I try to do a little bit of everything and be a little bit of everywhere.
Myrtle Beach, SC.
This is your traditional all-American chili. The chili you make during football season, the chili you make on the first day it snows and the chili you make, freeze, then pull out for dinner on a rainy day. This is it.
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Today is a good day, but yet a strange day. I’m a college student but also co-own a business with my older brother. He is running the business right now, and I am going to school about seven hours away. Business has been slow far. There are a few things that concern me and make me wonder why we are not getting business. But I am not writing to talk about those concerns right now, I’m writing because the past week or so I have felt like I should give up school and go help my brother with the business. Or at least take a semester off ya know? I do want to get my degree… but I think I want a change, well part of me does at least.
I had a difficult choice to make over the past summer: to stay in Myrtle Beach and continue working and living with my brother, or come back and Finish school in Wise, Virginia. Well I chose to come back to school, I want to get my degree and I wanted to get it from the school that I had been going to for the past 3 years. All my friends are here and I felt like I would be missing out on some good times in my life if I did not come back to wise. So now I’m here, its been a good semester, I’ve had a lot fun, but it was nothing insanely fun… Would I have had more fun with my brother and Amelia back at the beach? Fun isn’t everything I know, but when you’re 22 years old and have the outlook on life that I have, having fun is important. All in all I have had fun this semester in wise, but I’ve kept my shit together too.
I think one of the main reasons I’ve been thinking about going back to the beach to work is because I really do not like school. Some of my classes are great, but two of them are giving me such a hard time this semester that it just makes me not want to be in school at all. I mean I am the co-owner of a business right now shouldn’t that be more important? I can always finish later on and get my degree… but part of me knows that if I quit school now, I will never go back. This is where the conflict I have been dealing with recently comes into play. Part of me thinks that maybe I am not suppose to go the traditional route to get a degree, or that I should even get a traditional degree from a four year school. Part of me wants to go to some type of trade school, learn how to weld, or work on cars, something like that. And by going back to myrtle beach to work, I see myself working for a while then going to some sort of school that would teach me those things. If I stay in Wise, I don’t even know if the business will be able to stay open long enough for me to graduate from here then go back to the beach. It’s just my brother there, and things are slow. We are in a difficult and competitive market there and I think by having two of us there we could get our name out and finally get some business much more effectively. Yet I am so close to getting my degree here and have came so far already that I feel like everything I’ve done here at Wise would be such a waste. I could transfer to a school in Myrtle Beach and hopefully some of my credits would transfer too… That’s probably the best option honestly. But I feel like I’d be leaving so much behind here in Wise. I do love it here. If I was just a better student from day one I wouldn’t necessarily be in this debacle, I’d be on pace to graduate in the spring, just one more semester. Man, that would be so much better. It didn’t happen that way though, instead I’m looking at graduating next December, hopefully at least. Thats what is freaking me out about my two hardest classes I’m taking right now, if I don’t get a C or better in them I have to re-take them which may push me back even more. Ugh. Just thinking about that makes me want to go back to Myrtle Beach next semester and at least have somewhat of a fresh start academically.
One thing about Myrtle Beach though is that I was really lonely when I lived there this past summer, It was good for me though. It gave me time to think about myself and who my friends are and come up with life plans, things like that. I came back because I missed my friends, my home, my dog, I missed the mountains like crazy, and a little bit because of a girl. Also my brother was getting on my nerves just a little bit, but I mean good luck trying to find a roommate who won’t get on your nerves whether he is your older brother or not. That made me want to come back home a little bit too I guess. Now however I am finding that I miss my brother and I know we can handle this business together. I do not think he would get on my nerves anymore though because his girlfriend Amelia is also there at the beach and she would keep him under control for lack of a better term. Ben is never out of control, I just mean that she would keep him grounded, he wouldn’t try to be a big brother as much. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I completely understand when Ben is acting like an older brother to me and I respect that and listen to his advice. But i guess sometimes just me being the younger brother it could get annoying, just brotherly stuff really. The point is Amelia would make things more fun and all 3 of us together would be really nice. I like her, she’s a good soul, good for my brother. Also about me being lonely, I feel now that if I went back to the Beach I would be much more aggressive in meeting people and finding friends. Which would ultimately lead to business hopefully. I would be extremely aggressive in my marketing now, I’d go back and try to run the town, make lots of money, and start to dominate or market, maybe even bring TG along with me to help. My ultimate goal for our business is for it to do well in Myrtle and then we open another franchise out west, preferably Colorado. We Co-own both of the businesses, Ben stays in Myrtle, I go to Colorado and we visit each other often and run our businesses. Then one day make enough money to open up either a restaurant/bar or an outdoor store. Thats the goal.
I don’t know…. The point of this was for me to lay out my options I guess and to document what has been going through my head the past week or so. It makes it very difficult to concentrate on school. Nevertheless; I have a paper to write for my Conflict Management class that is due tomorrow and a test in my Organizational Leadership class at 6 o’clock tonight. So I have lots of work to get started on. It’s been a Good talk. If anybody actually reads this, please feel free to tell me what you do in my situation.