James Plum

Today I chat with my best friend from high school, James Plum. James and I met in 10th grade gym class, where I got an A for effort and he got an A for making the teacher love him. While he received a scholarship to a local community college upon graduating, a series of events led him to not enroll, forfeit the scholarship, and take the path he felt the universe was directing him along instead.

Despite his lack of a college degree, James has done very well for himself and has designed his career around his ever-changing lifestyle. His jobs and hobbies since age 16 have included:

  • Wendy’s
  • Dairy Queen
  • Blockbuster
  • Movie theater
  • Lowe’s associate
  • Award-winning drag queen
  • Massage therapist
  • Certified Zumba instructor
  • IT consultant

James is halfway through his associates degree in IT services and will be following his dream to move to California this summer! He is a firm believer that “everything happens for a reason” and has decided against setting long-term goals for himself, instead opting to see where life takes him.

Other fun facts:

  • James and I have lived relatively near each other throughout our friendship. I moved to Charlottesville, VA while he lived there, and now we are both living in the D.C. area until he moves to California. We still only manage to see each other once or twice a year.
  • James and I were in choir together in high school. We took an “independent study” course in choir our senior year, during which we hung out in the choir room watching Will and Grace.
  • I still remember James’ dancing/lip sync performance of I’m Super from the South Park movie in 10th grade. He was proudly out in a small, conservative town.
  • After the official interview was over, James said, “I don’t think I’ve ever talked about myself that much before, even on a date!”

Challenges for YOU this week:

  • Reasonable challenge: What hobbies are you not pursuing, not for lack of passion, but because you don’t have the time for them? How can you adjust your lifestyle to fit in more Zumba classes or performances like James has?
  • Bigger challenge: Think about what signs you might be missing from the universe/God/your gut right now. Spend the next week hyper aware of your reactions to events. Is this what you’re supposed to be doing? Or is it what you’re expected to be doing?