“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back."
― Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

When the alarm went off this morning at 4:00am, I cursed under my breath as I have for the last few years. After slapping the snooze, I remembered. Today was my last day on the air hosting the K2 Radio Morning Show, and I was suddenly filled with sleepy gratitude for the opportunity given me.

For the past few years, I have been honored to be invited into your lives, to give voice to people and organizations that strive to make change in our community, to expand on issues beyond a headline, to tell you about the arts and culture here in Casper, and perhaps to share a laugh or two.

“News” is, or should be, so much more than death, drugs, and destruction and although it’s important to have knowledge of these incidents, it’s often not enough to simply have the facts. I believe it’s also important to try to unravel the “why”, and to hear from those who are working hard to make your lives better from your first responders and those working to keep your kids safe and thriving in school, to people working to feed our hungry folks and those who provide us with culture and the arts.

Community is everything. What's important is that which affects your lives, and I hope I've been able to help bring some of that to you, along with a measure of fun, goofiness, and the occasional irreverence with Frank, Roger, and Nick.

Look at the quote at the top of this story again, if you would. It's about change, about open doors, about seeing an opportunity that calls to your heart and taking the leap. At this point in my life, to join Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions and their immeasurably valuable work is that call to my heart.

My eternal gratitude to Bob Price and Donovan Short for their trust in me to sit in this chair, and for the amazing send-off show. Thanks to my family, for putting up with these incredibly wacky hours. And thanks to all of you, the listeners, for your support, comments, calls and emails, and for being the heart of Casper and Natrona County.

Leaving here is bittersweet, no doubt. But come Monday morning, make no mistake. I'm sleeping in.

---Susan Burk

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