A few years ago, I was earning well.
Working as a local casino dealer had its share of perks much lesser than its pitfalls, but I provided very well for me and my family. Until one day, I decided to give up my day (and night) job and engaged into business.
Armed with only my determination, a 125-thousand peso loan and no experience whatsoever, I partnered myself with two of my college friends and put up our own PC rental shop-- Graymalkin Internet Station!
Almost a year into the business, after a string of differences, we evicted a partner because he showed that he wasn't "dedicated and responsible" enough to handle the business. In his departure, another college friend volunteered to step in and replace him. But he saw that he can't use us and the business for his own gain and "unvolunteered" himself after a couple of months. Now there were two of us left to continue the business.
On our second year, a culmination of problems arose. Some of which we never expected to have. The strain and pressure of it were too much that the only option left for the two of us was to close down.
Graymalkin Internet Station is now gone, but its ghost continues to haunt me...and only me!
My partner moved on quickly. So quickly that he never looked back. So quickly that he became oblivious of the problems and issues left by the business. So quickly that he falsely assumed that everything displaced just went back to place.
He never bothered to help out. He never bothered to ask if things went okay. He never bothered at all!
All he cared about was himself! I thought our other partner was the selfish one. Little did I know that he was that too. They were but two sides of the same coin. Maybe that's why they were still good after the eviction and they considered me the villain.
Maybe I truly am the villain.
I am the villain because I cared very much for the business. I am the villain because not only did I invest money in the business, but I invested my emotions as well. I am the villain because I am the only one determined to make it a success so I could justify my leaving a well-providing job!
If those make me the villain, then I embrace it.
Now I'm fixing the loose ends left behind by Graymalkin Internet Station's closing. A task I'm doing out of love for the business. I figured I showed tenacity putting this up and I should end it just the same. At least when I look back at all of these, I know I did everything I could and I shouldn't regret it at all.
Thank you, Graymalkin Internet Station! I hope I did good on you.
To my former partners, I wish you good luck on everything. I now realize that we can never be business partners.
But one thing we can always be are friends.