I Quit My Job. Now What?

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Have you ever experienced the following?  Monday morning rolls around.  You hit the snooze button, dreading your workday.  Your job doesn’t make you happy; in fact, you’re miserable.  You’re not moving forward nor are you motivated to do so.  You know you should be thankful to even have a job, but the sinking feeling in your gut tells you otherwise.

That’s when I realized it was time to quit my job.

FollowYourHeart_Courtesy of BanksyI can hear you panicking.  What about the bills?  How can you support yourself without a job?  Are you so blind on faith that you would just quit without a back-up plan?

In a word, yes.  Let’s be real.  There is never a “good time” to make this transition.

However, I had a vision of myself working at the same place ten years from now, and realized it was my biggest fear.  It was time to work towards a new direction, especially before that vision became my reality.  While I understand it’s scary to tread into unknown territory, it’s even more terrifying to settle into comfortable misery, a place where someone is miserable and stay only because they’re used to it.

UFC’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, explains, “People stay in jobs they’ve outgrown because they’re afraid to prove themselves anew. They let fear hold them back. If you’re unwilling to leave someplace you’ve outgrown, you’ll never reach your full potential. Don’t stand still. Leap forward.”

I’m leaping!  I was meant to do more on this earth than just pay bills and die; we all are.

I hear the voices again.  How will you support yourself?  Are you worried about the money?  In a word, yes.  Money is wonderful, and I’ve grown quite fond of eating.  But money alone doesn’t bring happiness.  Sure, I’ll be doing some more scrimping now.  Then again, I’ll also hit that snooze button and look forward to each day.

Am I being impulsive?  No, change is a part of life.  Actually, it’s inevitable.

Am I being irresponsible?  There are many angles to that question, but in the end, I’m working towards a better future.

So where am I headed?  I didn’t want to leave one incompatible job for another so I did some soul-searching through retrospection.  At nineteen, I signed a contract with Virgin Records.  As a voracious reader with an extensive knowledge of the music world, I was able to hold my own as one of the youngest people at the company.  My love of the written word opened the doors to Virgin Records followed by EMI Music Distribution.

It seemed inevitable I would eventually write about my own perspectives of the music world; my articles were featured in various major publications, including SoulTrain.com.

Since then, my writing portfolio and voice have blossomed.  Now that I think about it, my journey has always led me towards becoming an author and professor in cultural studies. To reach my potential, the comfortable and mundane must get left behind.  

By no means am I advising anyone to quit their job.  But I am telling my story to reach anyone who feels the same.  This is for the dreamers.  “Never let it be said that to dream is a waste of one’s time, for dreams are our realities in waiting. In dreams, we plant the seeds of our future.

—Zoey Flowers

Zoey Flowers is a shamelessly eclectic, music-loving, zen-meditating freelance journalist.  She has written for major magazines and online publications about Holistic Lifestyles, Automobiles, and the Music Industry.  For more features, Zoey’s online portfolio is at http://www.zoeyflowers.com.

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