I quit my job.

You might think I’m crazy, but I quit my job. My full-time, secure, (decent) paying job with health benefits.
I think every young adult comes to a point in which they think, What am I doing here? Some of us just happen to have that epiphany sooner than others.

Mine came during my first day of my first full-time job. (I’m still not sure if that was good or bad.) I was brought to my new desk in my new office that I’d share with only one other employee, and was told what task to complete first.
From a glance it all seemed great. The set hours, steady income, vacation days, health benefits, retirement plan, Fridays off in the summer. I got this.
But as I logged into the computer to start data entry, I felt a stomach-churning feeling of instant regret. And there it was… What am I doing here???
Three months in and I’ve quit my job. I've always wanted to be a writer. I knew that's what I wanted to do when I was 10 years old. I have to pursue my dream of writing, which I know won't come effortlessly. But also I know the effort I put into my career path will be worth it in the end. 
I thought quitting would be easy, but it was definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I love the people, the office, the atmosphere. But I whole heartedly feel that you can’t keep a job you dislike when you’re in your twenties. Unless, of course, you’re Andy Sachs and Miranda Priestly is throwing her coat at you. (But even then, you secretly love it.)
No one tells you how hard it is to come out of college uncertain of what’s next. You’re told what to do your whole life. And then one day you put on a square hat with a tassel, move it from right to left (which is totally ass backwards from everything you’ve ever learned), and suddenly have to make your own decisions.
Even if you love the people, the office and the atmosphere, that’s not what a career is about. You need to use your talent to turn your true passion into a paycheck. And with a lot of hard work everything will fall into place.
Doing what you love shouldn’t be a maybe thing. Doing what you love should be a priority.

Posted Aug. 2016

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