A friend of mine just quit his job yesterdaySubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 16:20
He finally got his fill.
He'd been complaining about his job for as long as I've known him, and he'd had the job for a total of 11 years.
In recent weeks, there were foreshocks. He started checking into health-insurance options without employment. The grousing about work had become more specific and intense. Not to mention the health issues that were (from my perspective) pretty obviously related to his work were also intensifying. I think he finally made the connection - something he'd been denying for a while.
Still it came as a shock - the fact that it finally happened. I texted Samantha as soon as I got off the phone with him.
D---- finally quit his job!!!
And that is what life is really about: Discontinuities. Personal black swans. Everything goes along, like normal, for weeks, months, years, and then there is a discontinuity.
He said most people told him not quit before finding a new job, for all the logical reasons. But like I said, he'd gotten his fill. There was no more room.
"I can't see myself getting dressed up in the monkey suit, peddling my resume around," he said.
I told him to go for it. Just don't come from a place of fear. Don't stay because of fear. Don't leave because of fear. Trust, have faith, look forward, never back and let the mesmerizing future pull you onward, right on out of that nightmare of a job and into the great blue yonder.
It takes guts to do something like that. Courage. Leave the past behind that's dragging you under. Set it down and don't look back.
Congratulations D, and a toast to everyone who's ever done it, and a nudge of encouragement to anyone contemplating it.