At the same time, I’ve reached the point in my life where I have nothing to lose. This idiom can be taken in two ways: your situation is so bad that nothing you do can make it worse; or, you have the freedom to choose what to do because you have financial security, as well as the freedom you've earned after years of being judged and evaluated in the workplace as you climbed the ladder. Now, it didn't really matter if I got the job or didn't, if the client thought I had talent or no talent. I was free, at last, of all that anguish. The only judge I face now is myself.
I realized how much this freedom means a few weeks ago, when I was asked to write copy for the Super Bowl 2014 Host Committee, where many former American Express executives now work.
“Football? Football?” my friend Laura asked, almost speechless, when I told her. “You?”
It is true. I know nothing about football and have never attended an NFL game. I did not even know that the NFL Draft would begin in late April.
But hey, I told myself. I’ve got nothing to lose!
And so I spent a day on the NFL site, learning the lingo. Such fun I had! Who knew there was an entire language tied to football?
My assignment was to write copy to urge people to volunteer for this mega event set for February 2014. I love my city and believe this effort will bring in the half a billion dollars the Host Committee predicts. And to be part of something this big has given me a feeling of accomplishment and yes, pride. I had nothing to lose, so I took on the challenge, and in the process, learned that I still have a few marketable skills — even at 62!