Quitting my Job
Wow, it’s almost the end of January already. Time sure likes too disappear. Kind of like my online presence since my big announcement back in August, I’m quitting my job.
When I first made the announcement, I had put in my 6 months notice to release from the military. That 6 months is up in a month… Scary.
Am I still happy with my decision?
Of course I am. Because I’m doing it for all the right reasons. Family. In the past 5 months I haven’t even questioned myself once. Have I been scared or stressed about it? Absolutely. I’d be crazy if I wasn’t. I’m leaving a career of 16 years behind, it’s terrifying. But also exhilarating. And that’s the point I want to pass on.
Now and then
This is how I used to think;
“am I wasting my life?”
“is this where I want to be?”
“is this really what I want to be doing”
“I wish I was there…”
“I wish I could be doing this or that….”
How many times do you see motivational posters like these on social media?
I used to think “yes, so true, wish I could say those things…” and now I just look at them and smile. Because I did something about it.
So yes, no matter how scary it is, if you have a dream, something that’s out of the “norm”, something that scares you and eats away at your soul, just get out there and do it. Because failing at something you love is 100 times better than succeeding at something that makes you miserable.
Why did I stop writing?
I have no good specific reason for this. Stress. Overthinking everything. Being busy with the transition. Analysis paralysis. Are those good answers? Probably not. It is what it is. I’m back now and I’m fully energized. That’s what matters.
So what’s happened in the last 5 months
Well, we closed on the house. I moved my wife and kids there in October. Did a bunch of small renovations and I flew back to our old place to keep working. But here’s what I’ve seen happen for my family that makes it all worth it to me.
Countless visits from the grandparents, family suppers, organized sleigh rides with over 20 people, sliding hill in our front yard, Mamie and Papi coming to slide with the kids, sister in law driving 3 hours to babysit with her infant twins, going to supper at Grampy’s, Grammy helping out when my wife had to work, my dad ploughing our driveway every time it snowed, my sister helping bring firewood in the house, my mom babysitting for us so we could go see a movie and so much more that I can’t even name everything. I have no regrets.
You may be thinking those are just regular family activities. They are, these are some of the things that military families sacrifice and it’s not easy.
This whole time I’ve known it was the right thing for us, for our children.
The End Is Near
So what now? Not much. I’ve applied for a bunch of jobs that I would enjoy doing. We’ll see what happens. For us the important part was moving home.
I want it to be clear that I’ve enjoyed my time in the military. I’ve always loved the work. It was the geographical location that was the issue.
Over the holidays I got a little taste of what my life will be like and I can’t wait to move for good!
If you’ve had something you’ve wanted to do forever, or a dream you’d like to achieve someday, let us hear about it in the comments. Maybe it’s time to make it a reality.