Larry Smith, the founder of Smith Magazine, has edited a poignant new collection of essays called “The Moment” about the blip in time that a person’s life veers in a new direction. My own personal “moment that changed everything” came nearly six years ago when my friend Meg picked up her phone in Chicago and called her friend Drew in Manhattan and asked if he’d like to show me around when I visited New York a couple of weeks later. He took me out for sushi, we ended up spending most of the weekend together, and dated long distance — flying back and forth between our two cities once or twice a month — for a year and a half before I packed up my stuff, moved to New York, started a career as an online writer, got married, moved to Brooklyn, used my success in web writing to launch my own site, and then had a baby. Who knows where I’d be if Meg hadn’t made that fateful call one April afternoon in 2006. I bet I would have met someone else eventually, but not Drew. And I wouldn’t have Jackson. And I probably wouldn’t live in New York, a city I have grown to love and call home. And it’s likely I wouldn’t be doing the kind of work that I’m doing now. When Drew and I met, I was on track to be an English teacher — something I don’t think I would have been very good at or that would have brought me the same satisfaction and freedom that this gig does.
So, what about you? What’s your “Moment”? And where do you think you’d be if that change hadn’t happened?