“The moment I let go of it
Was the moment I got more than I could handle,
The moment I jumped off of it
Was the moment I touched down.”
Thank-U — Alanis Morissette
This past month was an anniversary of sorts for me. It was one year ago that I quit my corporate job. For good.
Of course there have been other times that I handed in that letter. But this time was different. I didn’t hand in any letter. I just called and said I won’t be coming in any more.
And if felt so…good.
On Tight Lips and Burning Ships
There’s a popular tale that Cortés burned his own ships to ensure the Spanish wouldn’t turn back in their conquest of the Aztecs. Turns out it’s not true. Still, it’s a romantic notion of courage.
I burned my ship that day. I knew that I wouldn’t be going back. My own personal Aztecs or Bust.
Best thing I ever did.
I wrote about the why of quitting in Growing Old Before My Time. I agonized more about publishing that post than I ever did about quitting my job. My finger hovered over that publish button for what seemed like hours. I think I saw sweat trickle into my keyboard.
Why the hesitation? Well, mostly over what people would think. It was a public coming out of sorts. Standing on my aging soapbox saying, “Things are not alright. This is not the life I want to lead. This is not living.”
I’ve done more in this past year it seems than I’ve done in the past twenty.
I ate a rat and wrote about it for CNNGo.
I got a mention from the BBC.
It’s not all been sunshine and lollipops, but all of it – every last second – made me feel alive. And overwhelmed with gratitude for taking that leap. I’ve said this before but I think it bears repeating…
Just because you can’t see the path ahead of you doesn’t mean the ground won’t support you.
The universe has a way of assembling people and circumstance to get that one foot in front of the other when you need it most. I know that now.
I’m in the Mayan Riviera right now. Next week, I’m going to Muscat, Oman. Because perhaps the greatest thing I have found this past year is love. And sometimes love takes you to places you never expected to go.
The last 12 months have yielded dividends beyond my drunkest expectations. All because I was willing to go down that path.
I can’t wait to see what the next 12 have in store.
And if I haven’t said it already…Thank you.
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