My first samples arrived in the post this week. Such a surreal moment after almost 14 years of dreaming and imagining.
I had a false alarm the week before which turned out to be a book I had pre-ordered on Amazon. After the hiccups I’ve had, I wasn’t sure if I would still be excited. If it would have taken some of the fun out of it. If the moment wouldn’t be as iconic as I had imagined. But as I opened up my PO Box and saw the slip saying I had a parcel, as I stood in line waiting for my turn, as I walked out with my parcel – I felt my heart swell. With excitement. With the realization I had made it to this first milestone. That I was going to have my own products in my hands.
You can imagine my disappointment when I opened my parcel to discover it was a book. A great book. A book I had been impatiently waiting for. But it wasn’t my samples.
When my samples did arrive a week later, I was in a rush to get to That Day Job, so it wasn’t quite the Hallelujah Chorus when I got them. Rather than a soaring feeling in my chest this time, a wow moment – I had a whole day where there were moments of quiet realization. As I was working at That Day Job…
I would remember the envelope that was sitting out in my car.
Like a sneaky little secret.
And I would realize what a big deal it was.
How it was a signature point in my life. It was a quiet wave that would gently wash over me time and time again throughout the day.
As people would ask me the usual questions, as I answered phone calls, I would think to myself – Don’t people know how special a day this is?
It is very hard to play it cool when something so momentus is happening in your personal life.
I got home and had a look at them. A real look. The quality was better than I was expecting and so much better than the first company’s samples. They were much better quality. Crisper, stronger, heavier.
This feels like a real step forward. Even after the hiccups I’ve had lately, somehow it also feels like things are falling in to place. I can see the hard work paying off. A tangible result.
If you’ve been following along on my adventure, I hope it is giving you the courage to try too. That moment where you can see your thing becoming a reality is worth it.