When I set my mind on something....when it "matters"....I rarely let it go. It's part of my personality that I've developed a love/hate relationship with. I think part of what makes me effective is that once I've set a goal I'm tenacious, creative, and unyielding to get there. Transition, wrestling, my career...I can think of a whole laundry list of examples.
In the early days of my transition I tried to explain to my wife that I wasn't sure what the outcome of my transition adventure would be. After all, that's the purpose of the RLT and all the other "stuff" meant to separate the fantasy from the often difficult, sometimes grim, reality. But my wife knew how I am, and she was right when she said that once I set my mind on something I don't stop until it happens.
The only reason I mention that today is that I passed my North Carolina Real Estate Licensing exam this week. I failed it last time (its a very hard test), which was a major downer for me. The reality is that it's not something I "need", per se. However, I set my sights on it and I was going to make it happen.
As I've already said - It was a very difficult test. The passing rate of people taking it for the first time is a mere 31%, meaning that nearly 70% fail. Well - I was one of those 70%. But I've studied, and I've talked with seasoned realtors about some of the things that I find confusing, and ultimately I've found that knowing South Carolina licensing law and practices was actually a detriment here. There are some significant differences.
Anyway - without going into too much detail the end result is that I passed. And I'm happy and relieved about that because I would have taken this thing over and over again until I passed it. At $100 a pop it would have gotten expensive.
I've got my mind wrapped around something else at the moment...something I'm not ready to mention yet. But, if things follow form, I know where it's going.
Here's a hint....
Yesterday I had a follow-up appointment with my dermatologist. I had a minor "issue" to show him when I saw him a couple of weeks ago and he things I might have a stitch buried from a previous excision. Anyway, he went in to cut the area out yesterday. I didn't feel anything after the shots other than a little tugging here and snipping there. Still, it's surprising how much those kinds of things take out of you. I was out of sorts for the better part of the afternoon. Now that the shots have worn off I'm a little uncomfortable, but nothing horrible.
I've got some traveling coming up. I'll be headed to central Ohio in August to attend the Gay Games in Cleveland. I'm also scheduled to attend a women's motorcycle group event in Toledo - unfortunately the two overlap. I'll be in Rochester, NY for a week at the end of the month for my mom's 85th birthday. At the moment, tho, things are blissfully quiet. I'm good with that. Quiet is good.