I do not believe I ever shared the back story and development of Second Chance to Live since I created Second Chance to Live on February 6, 2007. I feel led to share this information with you to encourage you to commit to your dreams and your destiny, whatever that entails. For many years I felt like someone all dressed up with nowhere to go – although I diligently applied myself to my studies and seeking to apply what I had learned in my vocational / employment endeavors.
As I shared in my series, My Journey thus Far I had a long history of getting and losing jobs despite my best efforts. While a counselor with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, I was made a client. That outcome did not result in a suitable job placement. After being fired from several more jobs, I was recruited to North Carolina to begin a job, which I was fired from 4 months later. Following that firing and an unsuccessful job search, I reapplied with the DVR here in North Carolina. After completing the evaluation and testing process I was deemed to be unemployable by the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Soon thereafter, my 3rd application was approved by the Social Security Administration. Although I had been declared unemployable and disabled, I still desired to use what I had to give to people who wanted what I had to give. I wrote a collection of poems and a series of articles. After receiving some back pay, a friend of mine helped me to purchase a computer and I began to discover the world of dial-up technology. During the next 3-4 years the computer manufacture rebuilt 2 computers one piece at a time through my using 1st, 2nd, and 3rd level tier technical support through several dial-up (not cable or dsl) companies.
With my use of the computer, I started to input my poems and articles onto the 1st computer’s hard drive and then re-enter the data of my poems and articles onto the 2nd computer hard drive. I learned from my experience to store data on an external hard drive and make copies of my poems and articles onto floppy and CD discs. As you might imagine I spent countless hours on and off the phone following the computer manufacturers technical support recommendations. After 2 rebuilds, and much aggravation, I asked some friends if they had a computer they were no longer using. One of my friends gave me an HP computer.
Over the next 3 years, I continued writing and developing as a writer. Through my process, I wrote an autobiography and then a book – Table Topics for the Soul – Journey to the Heart. I attempted to get my book published with several publishers – after registering my book with the Library of Congress. I spent nearly $100 attempting to get my book published without success. I continued to write and a year of so later — at the encouragement of a friend – I sought to create a weblog. After researching several blogging engines, I decided to create my weblog using WordPress.com to host Second Chance to Live.
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