Hi there, my name is Nicholas Richards. I'm from Nova Scotia, Canada, 33 years old, and currently employed as a Construction Estimator for a commercial contractor. I was in the Royal Canadian Navy for 8 years, serving as a Weapons Technician. My time there taught me many things, not the least of which is what I don't want to do with my life.
I do not want to:
- be away from my daughter on someone elses time,
- depend on someone elses business for income,
- live pay check to pay check,
- owe anybody anything, ever again.
My departure from the Navy was ugly. When my daughter was born I was severely depressed at being "stuck" in a career path that I was conflicted with. I did not fit in with the culture, nor the mentality. I do not even like war! I feel the legacy of the Canadian Navy and Canada in general is what I was serving. They released me as being "unfit for further military service" due to a backdoor tactic by my supervisor. A conversation I had in confidence with him was used against me.
They called me a failure, even though I have a full year of sea time in such a short career, finished top student in academic and practical training, and a spotless Divisional record. My income went down to 0. House foreclosed, bankruptcy ensued, and it was a real battle each day.
It still is.
I'm humbled though. I dusted myself off and determined myself to trudge onward and upward. It was such a relief to be done with the Navy! Emancipation, in every sense of the word. A great weight was lifted even with the financial situation. I knew it was only money and that my life will benefit.
My family and I lived with my parents as I completed a 2 year College Diploma program for Construction Management Technology, to which I finished to a high standard that I have ALWAYS held myself to. Some days, I didn't know how I was going to even pay for the Term, but I worked part-time sharpening hockey skates and fixing hockey equipment, somehow squeaking through with Academic awards and bursaries.
I have always been an avid writer. My bookshelf is a source of pride for me, as I've honestly read every single book I own. I've only just recently decided to pursue my almost lifelong goal of presenting my written style to the world. I always felt I had so much to offer, and now seems to be the time to let the top off and hang on for the ride.
History and experience has shown me that when I apply myself, when I challenge myself, I come out all Aces. My intent here at WA is to further my foundation of literary skill and incorporate a marketing mindset.
My ULTIMATE goals:
1) Ex-pat to Panama, free to visit "home",
2) Private Pilot's license,
3) Travel the world to LEARN and feel history,
4) Full-time online presence and income, and,
5) Live each day with grace, integrity, and humility.