Like @Aaron Wise before me, it’s with deep sadness that I’m announcing my departure from the Exchange and retirement from writing today. Having started this process in August last year writing for Real Visions the Exchange, it’s been a whirlwind of activity, interactions, and experiences I will hold onto for the rest of my life. However, with the poor condition of the job market, the arrival of my first child in the coming weeks, and politics within some writing circles that I have become involved in becoming toxic, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to make a change.
In the coming months, I will be studying for the GRE and GMAT while building the portfolio I’ll need to get into a Master's Program, which will allow me to get a job down the line. During this time, I will also be getting in shape for a Navy or Air Force National Guard application, which will allow me to support my family while going back to school.
This decision doesn't come lightly as having suffered considerable burnout after getting my undergraduate degree dispute a strong academic finish; I know how it feels to throw yourself into something 100% and feel the consequences after. One could say these are the adult decisions young fathers are forced to make and that you don’t truly understand what that feels like until you go through, and I got to say it’s not a fun feeling.
However, I’m blessed with a family that has, after considerable consultation has thrown their full support behind me along with pledging to help raise my daughter. Truly it takes a village to raise a child, and my daughter will be blessed with having the full Fadool clan around to help her grow. My closest friends have also been a great source of advice and personal confidence as they get me out of my own head when I need to be thinking clearly.
To my long-time and loyal readers, I want to say thank you for sticking with me as long as you have, and for those who recently joined, I’m sorry that you signed up for me to leave so soon. My archive and substack will always be public and accessible for all of you to go back and refer to if you’re doing research of your own or wanting to source a different opinion.
Good luck to all of you, and God Bless,
John M. Fadool