And so begins my journey as the girl who quit her job.
I know what you’re thinking. What’s the big deal? Plenty of people quit their jobs; what’s so special in this case? Well, I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you what I always thought and didn’t realize until after I quit.
The majority of people I know? They secretly want to quit their jobs. I mean, okay, some of them are not so secret about it. But in any case, what’s holding them back? Why don’t they quit?
I mean, come on, if you’re one of those people who just nodded while reading that last sentence, well, why haven’t you quit? Take a second. Think about it.
Did you take that second? Did you think about it? Hope so.
Well, I know what held me back for years and years and years.
It was the uncertainty.
It was the unknown.
Gosh, it was everything I didn’t know about what I wanted to do.
It was the fear.
Oh, the fear. Such fear.
You watch documentaries and movies and read so many books about the most successful people in the world and you know what? Maybe with the exception of like… Oprah, they only ever touch on their struggles. Gosh, they really only ever graze over the low points.
And you see, I think that’s exactly why no one quits.
They don’t realize how normal the “suffering” is on the way to success. And in most cases where it HAS been talked about? Well, it’s been done in the most disconnected of ways.
We are so afraid of the low points – the loneliness, the self-doubt, the lack of productivity, the getting nowhere – because we feel such shame from it. And we feel such shame from it because we feel like we’re the only ones. We feel like these low points are unique to us and that because we’re feeling them (or could be feeling them, if we quit), there must be something wrong with us.
And holy bejesus, THAT’S THE THING. That’s what we do. We avoid all risks in life that could validate our fear that there’s something wrong with us. WE DO. We all do it. That’s why you’re not quitting!
But there’s nothing wrong with you.
And there’s nothing wrong with me.
You see, you’re not the problem. Everyone feels these things when they take risks! Everyone. The actual problem is that NO ONE talks about it.
And I wanted to change that.
So, I’m writing.
P.S. Next week you can expect a post about why I finally quit my job.