I quit my job, now what?
It’s a loaded question. One I’ve been asked many times over the past few weeks. People want to know “what are your plans?” Truth is, I am not precisely sure. I’ve always enjoyed exploring new places, but this is about more than travel.
Imagine you’re dead
I did an activity about 10 years ago in a small group setting, where the leader asked: “How do you want to be remembered when they read your eulogy?” I said, “as a humanitarian.” For me, being a humanitarian means creating opportunities for people to live their best life. It means building meaningful relationships and connecting people to resources and to each other.
About a year ago, I started expressing to family and close friends the desire to leave my successful career in the corporate world to focus on humanitarian efforts. I figured I should warm people up, admittedly it’s a little wonky. As a westerner, being an achiever is ingrained in my mentality. I expected opinions and questions. I received many of those, but thankfully I also received an enormous amount of encouragement and support.
Closing doors, to open new ones, is challenging. Embarking on this chapter is emotional. I’m talking raccoon eyes from mascara muddled tears (not a pretty sight). Leaving behind a season, to move into a different one is more painful than I anticipated, but I am trying not to be a wuss about it.
I remember what my boss told me on my last day of work, as we tried to keep an emotional moment as professional as possible (something I was never really that good at). She said, “you never really leave a place or people you love. When you go, you leave a piece of yourself, and you take a piece with you.” She is right.