Bye-Bye Job And Hello WorkPosted on Oct 22, 2012 | 23 comments
Last Friday, after 10 years, I left my job. It wasn't how I imagined it would be. It was hard. I'm gonna miss it.
I suppose, on some level, my job has been part of the reason it has taken us so long to get this round-the-world journey underway. Despite my grumbles and rants over the years, it turns out I really did like what I was doing. I was helping people, and I was really good at it. It's not every day a person gets to leave their job escorted by the sighs and smiles of parents and kids who keep on saying, "Thanks! You changed my life." That's tough to say goodbye to.
But, I do know why I finally left. And it wasn't to travel world, or sit by the pool, or break up my morning ritual. It wasn't to spend more time with my family (although that is an amazingly, wonderful perk), or get in shape, or try something new. No, I didn't leave my job for any of these reasons.
I left my job so I could get to work.
There was nothing wrong with my job. In fact, as far as jobs go, it was quite pleasant. I worked with good people, at a good company, and was lucky enough to have a job that allowed me to help people out. But all that said, there was something very limiting about my job, and maybe all other jobs as well. One can only hold oneself back so long.
People who love their work, rarely ever want stop doing it. You don't often hear of a painter, a doctor, a chef, or a teacher who says, "Yeah, I'm pretty much tired of doing what I love, I think I'm going to quit and go see what else is out there." This doesn't happen. And yet you'll often hear of painters, doctors, chefs, and teachers who are very ready and willing to quit their jobs and look to do their work elsewhere. It's just how things are. We love the work, but we often hate the way in which we're required to do it. Something we should all consider I guess.
For me, the ultimate test question is simple:
If you weren't getting paid, would you still do your work at your job?
At one point I may have said, "Yes", but once I said "No", I knew it was time to move on. I can do more elsewhere, beyond the routines and constraints.
Now I have all day and night to create and produce what I want. No more paperwork. No more meetings. No more clutter on the brain. It is a strange feeling. It's like learning how to speak again, but in a fun way. And yes, it is a bit scary, but change is always like that.
I'm looking forward to my work more than ever before. Things just got fun again. The world just got really big. I've got a new job, and I'm going to make it into whatever I want.
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