Here's my new outlook and version of a "life resume."
Billy Hafferty, Human Somerville, Massachusetts, USA, Earth firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe in the power of presence. Showing up with undivided attention is the most powerful skill anyone can bring forward of themselves.
I believe in the power of practice. Any practice; music, art, athletics, woodworking, anything. During any practice where a sense of pure joy exists, the brain loses control and the heart takes the reigns of the body. The human body and mind is the most amazing tool one posesses.
I believe in the power of optimism. Life is a grand joke after all. What’s the use in worrying about anything? It’s a miracle we’re all even here.
⏤ Releasing control
⏤ Never being enough
⏤ Inevitably hurting
gets close to me
⏤ Wasting time
⏤ Fostering humor
⏤ Selfish and protective
⏤ Overemphasizing what
Born and Raised, Sandwich, MA Oct 1987
Born to loving parents in a small middle class town with a safe, family neighborhood. Oldest of four siblings and part of a tight, happy extended family on each side. Lived a very happy, sheltered childhood free from negativity and crisis.
A typical summer day would include a walk down to the pond, stopping at the store for a Mountain Dew and a candy bar, pick up sports during the day, a game of “man-hunt” at night, and typical “Sandlot” type adventures along the way.
Strived desperately in school to be a part of the “cool” group but was always off in my own head.
Junior/ High School, Sandwich, MA 1999-2006
I must have gotten decent grades but don’t really remember trying to learn things. I didn’t care. I was more concerned with what other people thought of me and if I was fitting in. I didn’t quite fit it in anywhere though… but not as an outcast. I was friends with a lot of people and knew everyone, just not really an integral part of any group in particular. I had a solid internal sense of myself, but I still was not fully confident in it. I tried way too hard. I was selfish and did whatever I wanted to do; sometimes I stressed my parents out a lot, and sometimes I made them very proud, but it was all on my terms. I channeled most of my emotions through athletics and football⏤I was pretty proud to be named a captain of my team senior year.
College, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Marine Engineering 2006-2010
I started to realize how much I could actually do in college. I am an enthusiastic learner and embraced engineering topics with my brain. Learning this stuff was fun and I didn’t really think of it as school. Labs were 4hrs of welding, electronics, machine tooling, or pulling engines apart. On top of school, football, and rugby, I piled things on to my schedule with abandon. I got away with a lot of things I shouldn’t have as a freshman in a quasi-military academy because I was tutoring some of the upperclassmen in calculus and physics. I didn’t much free time to myself during the week and these habits still echo in my habits today. On the weekends, I’d play football and booze my face off and somehow had the energy to repeat this weekly.
Elected Student Trustee 2007-2009
Regimental leader 2007-2010
Dean’s List 2006-2010
Highest ranking engineer 2010
Achieved the highest score on the US Coast Guard exam.
Nine Years, Fourteen Companies 2010-2018
I went through a slew of jobs after graduating. What I called, “Trying to find the right fit” was really me expecting someone to hand me this thing called “happiness.” I am not someone who can force themselves to do something for the sake of a reward at the end. I must enjoy what I am doing, or I just won’t do it. From General Electric, to shipping on oil tankers, to industrial sales, to construction, and project management, and then more sales…
The most ironic thing about my journey so far is that I was making the most money I have ever made in 2010, immediately after graduation. I’ve taken a pay cut at almost every job since then, but have been increasingly enjoying my time here, now, alive.
Quitting my last job without a full plan was the best and scariest thing I have ever done. I’m still quite scared, but following my heart.
Words cannot express the feelings I hold toward coaching athletes read: guiding people on their own exploration of themselves through endurance athletics. I am filled with the purest joy and humblest honor that people place trust in me to help a long such a personal journey. Sometimes I have to pause for a moment after responding to a question or hanging up the phone and make sure it’s still real.
Boston Triathlon Team
This group of people has guided me through some of the most pivotal times in my life. It is an honor to lead such an incredible group. The endurance community at large has reshaped my outlook on life and personal values.
2013 BTT rookie of the year
2014-18 BTT athlete of the year
Working in the biking industry is pure fun. Seeing people smile while on a bike is a different kind of smile; it’s the wide smile you can’t fake or wipe off even if you tried. I get to see it while I “work” every day. Sometimes retail has it’s drags. Truth be told, I asked my boss for a raise the other day, but I still don’t know read: care how much I make an hour at the bike shop right now.
“Follow your heart” is overused and under-understood; it is not a cliche. You are in charge of your own happiness.
I speculate that writing is such a passion for me because it is a way to reach and share with a lot of people all at once. It’s efficient. I need more practice. The majority of my non-blog work is here.
Book - The Witch of Portobello, Paulo Coelho
Poem- The Blessing of Morning Light, David Whyte
Place- Bloukrans Bridge, South Africa
Trail - Maroon Bells four pass loop
Race- Quabbin Road Race
Song- Your Hand in Mine, Explosions in the Sky
Word- Ecstasy (from the Greek word which literally means “to stand outside oneself”