Why I Quit My Job To Do Something New

Do you love going to your job every day?

I hope you do! For many years, I absolutely did.

So, since leaving my full-time job in 2017, I've had a lot of questions surrounding my decision to walk away.

Was I miserable?

Honestly, not always. Being a pretty natural optimist, if I ended up hating a job, I usually just found something that did bring me joy in order to make it through. OR, I found another task that felt more suitable for that season of life and shifted responsibilities.

So to say I was just fed up and about to experience a mid-life crisis–or smack in the middle of one as some would suspect–would be a misrepresentation. But the truth of the matter is that I wasn't fully stepping into what I wanted to do at that point in my life, and I became more and more negative. Which for an optimist can be soul-crushing. The fact that I have always struggled with the question, "What do you do?", became harder and harder to bear.

Most of the time, people expect one answer. One occupation. And when you feel like you do a litany of things and have a list as long as your arm of others you'd like to learn about or try someday, you may stammer and pause, but ultimately you answer as expected. "I'm a you-fill-in-the-blank."

Can you relate?

In most cultures, there's an added pressure on women and the expectations that come with the roles we play. We never have it easy because there's always someone commenting about what they think we could do, what we can do, or what we should demand. But I won't get into that. I just recognize that it's a factor. And we let it stop us from just going for what we want sometimes.

Here's the thing. I think it comes down to understanding that there isn't a way for any of us to say "what we do" in a sentence or a word. That's just silly. We are multi-faceted human beings who do so many things each and every day. According to some scientists, the average adult makes 35,000 choices or more each day.

So, what do you do?

A hecka lot of stuff.

Maybe what you're paid to do is what you love. And that's awesome. But if you're in a season of life where things are shifting, and you have a new dream or idea that may take away from the joy you once found in what you do, I have good news.

Nothing is permanent.

How crazy is it that we'll up and move our family across the country or world for a job that someone else wants us to do, but when it comes to taking a step towards doing something new for ourselves we call it "scary?" Or we'll tell someone else how brave they are for shifting careers in their forties or fifties, but secretly think they must be emotionally unstable if they decide to change after twenty years or more in their field. We've never lived in a more opportune day and age than we do now. So, leaving my job? It wasn't that hard. But it's also not as it seems. <