A year ago today I quit my job without having anything lined up. I was at the company for 3 years and was aggressively promoted during my tenure there. It got to the point where I needed change. I was job hunting for 7 months and not making any progress, the work hours were not improving, and my stress was unmanageable.
I saw a doctor a couple of times during that final year and she told me she thought it was time for a career change. I dropped 15 lbs from stress, couldn't keep weight on, my skin was flaky, had constant headaches, my eye would pulse with my heartbeat for the majority of the day, and my demeanor was insufferable.
Every day was a shitty day. When every day is a shitty day that is a shitty life. During my commute home from work I always thought about something I called "the t-bone test." There was this left turn on my commute and I've seen three instances where people got t-boned there. I would ask myself the question, "if someone t-boned and killed me, would I be satisfied with my life?" Working 7am to 7pm only to come home, decompress, and then work an additional 1 to 3 hours was not fulfilling. Plus weekend time.
Living like that was not sustainable. If I wanted to change, I needed to make change happen. What I was doing was not working and it was getting worse. I could no longer justify sacrificing my health and time for a paycheck. I pulled the trigger and quit.
I spent the next 6 months burning through my savings while on the job hunt. I found a great opportunity and have since secured a promotion. I am working literally half of the hours I was previously and I am making more money doing it.
Being unemployed for 6 months with no support system or safetynet was not easy, but it did teach me the value of appreciating the things you do have. I'm very grateful for the opportunities I have and I'm even more grateful for having my time back. Time is our most important asset.
Growth is the adaptation to resistance. Sometimes we need to take a step back in order to take two steps forward. Never be afraid to take a chance on yourself.