I did something a little crazy / a little scary / a little awesome recently.
Let me back up.
I have been thinking about doing my own thing for a while now. Thoughts of starting my own business, making my own schedule, working hard for something I truly believe in, and building something around my passions and interests. Thoughts of doing something every day that not only gets me excited, but that gets others excited too.
Recent events at my job caused me to reevaluate my position, and it was enough to push me towards making a big decision.
Ever since I got into the corporate world (a place where I thought you should be in order to be considered 'successful'), I've been told what time to be there, and what time to leave. Yes, structure is important, but so is my time. There is so much pressure on time spent in the office, versus quality of work completed. If I get done everything I need to get done, I should be able to leave. If I have more work to do, I should be able to stay and work more hours. I shouldn’t have to sit around and waste time in the office - waste the only thing I can never get back (my time) - just to clock that 40 hours in every week.
I went home and thought about it.
I realized I've been doing the same job over and over again. Hopping from one company to the next, working my way up the ladder into positions where I'm doing similar things, and yet still unhappy. I thought the position I found at my most recent place of work would be my dream job. But it wasn't.
So when I came into the office the next morning, I quit.
I didn’t just walk out - I gave notice (over 3 weeks). But I didn't have anything else lined up, and I’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve always been so responsible - I’ve never put in my notice without having another position ready to transition into. So it may seem a little crazy.
But is it crazy though?
I see crazy as going to a job every day that doesn’t make me happy. I see crazy as watching my talents get wasted away every day just because I get paid to do something else that’s easy. Crazy is spending so much time in the office and on the commute that you miss out on seeing friends and family, or watching your kids grow up. Crazy is being so afraid of failing that you stay in a job you hate for your entire life.
I totally understand that this option may not be as available to some people. I understand that we have to make sacrifices sometimes, especially families that have kids to raise. But it's just me right now. I don't support anyone except myself, and I have the opportunity - so I'm taking it.
I’m going back to this again, but we have one life - ONE LIFE - to do everything we want to do, ever. Crazy is wasting that precious time we’ve been given.
I know it'll be a struggle, but I'd rather be working towards something awesome that will make me truly happy rather than watch my time (and life) slip away. I want to do something bigger than that. I deserve to have a job that makes me happy, no matter what it is.
Yes, I could fail. Yes, I could fall flat on my face and have to get a job serving tables and working two jobs to make ends meet again. But I’ll be okay. I have a good support system of friends and family, so I know I won’t be out on the street. Even if the worst happens, I’ll still be okay.
But I don’t want to think “what’s the worst that could happen?” - I want to think “what’s the BEST that could happen?”
You know what the best that could happen is? The best is that I could be doing something that makes me truly happy. I could inspire people to change their lives too. I could do work that doesn’t even feel like work. I could have a schedule that allows me to travel, and work from anywhere. I could meet people I never would have met before. I could make a difference. I could, I can, and I will. Because I believe in it that much.
This article by the Minimalists explains things well, and this video is absolutely amazing for summing up a lot of what I just said.
I know this is a big change, but I truly believe that this is a huge step in the right direction for me. I have always been encouraged by my family and my friends to follow my heart and dreams, and I'm doing just that.
Let the adventure begin, and cheers to new beginnings!