It’s always a shame when you find out someone is fake. When I first got into radio I was surprised how many people tried to latch on just because they thought they could win free stuff, score concert tickets, and get in at clubs and events. I remember dating guys who seemed to care more about the sports figures or celebrities I interviewed, then really getting to know me. Over time I thought I was a better judge of character and could weed out people who weren’t sincere. Turns out I still have a lot to learn!! Since I have “retired” and decided to stay home and raise my kids, it’s been interesting to see the people who are no longer interested in speaking with me. Some people I thought were my friends, others were co-workers but now that time has passed, I can tell those who only acted like they cared because it was their job or “friends” who just wanted perks like tickets. I have mixed feelings about it quite honestly. One part of me doesn’t really care since I am happier than I have ever been before. My boys are healthy, I have an amazing husband and friends and family who DO care about me and that’s all a girl could ask for!! Yet it’s still hurtful to think the bonds you formed with people were not sincere in their eyes. You would think all of that would end in high school or college but apparently that’s not the case! At the same time, I have formed new friendships with people I would not have expected. I received so many different e-mails from people “in the business” when I announced I was leaving and I was overwhelmed with support. In fact, it’s funny because I had so many job offers and people saying to call them whenever I was ready to come back and for once I wasn’t interested!!! They say the best jobs come when you aren’t looking for them. I hope those people are still around if I need to go back to work!! Lol. It’s also been nice to meet other mom’s, and neighbors who are also home during the day. There is an instant common ground because we have kids, we stay home, and have similar lifestyles. That part is great and I’m really excited to venture into this new lifestyle. Still, a part of me feels betrayed by those I came to trust and confide in. I guess the benefit of staying home is that I know if someone wants to get to know me, it won’t be because I can offer them any free stuff in return!! That is a lesson I won’t soon forget.