I used to play the game. And I played it well.
I attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School and was educated with men and women who were bred to become leaders in government and titans of Wall Street.
I was as a business affairs executive in the entertainment industry for twenty years and enjoyed the money and perks that accompany "success."
But nine years ago, I had an epiphany.
I realized I was making more money each year, but I was struggling to maintain my lifestyle. I was working harder at a job I could lose in a "restructuring." The world was changing in ways that weren't making my life better. And no matter who was elected or what they promised, the problems kept getting worse.
I realized I was pretending that I lived in a world that still made sense.
So I decided to stop pretending.
In 2011, my partner and I moved our family to farm in Montana to pursue a more sustainable lifestyle. To be still. To breathe. To think.
I still practice law. But when I look up from my desk, I see Douglas firs, white-tailed deer and the occasional moose. Free from the city grind, I see the illusions that trapped me in a world that made no sense.
It took me nearly forty years to unplug, but I'm hoping that together we can do it a lot faster. Because we're running out of time.