Have you ever quit a perfectly good job to pursue a crazy dream? That’s just what I’m about to do. I currently have a full-time teaching job at the most prestigious university in the country, and I’m on track for a tenure position — you know, a lifetime of job security and opportunities for career growth.
But in a few months, I am going to turn in my resignation letter. Most people advise me not to quit, while I experiment on doing other things on the side. That way, I’ll find out if I’m cut out for other trades, and still have a fall-back career if I am not. Those are wise words, especially in this day and age when holding a stable job is often more important than owning a house and other properties.
There’s just one little tiny problem about not quitting my job: I am not happy doing it anymore. Call me idealistic, but I dream of doing something that would make me feel like I’m not working. Like in that proverb, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” You see, I don’t have that in my life right now. I want to wake up in the morning and be pumped up to go to work and come home feeling like I’ve been the best I could be on that day, EVERY DAY. Somehow, my present job doesn’t make me feel that way.
Don’t get me wrong, working at the No. 1 university in the land can be very rewarding, challenging, and even fun. I’ve had some of the best experiences in my life throughout my >10 years of service to the university. I’ve worked with the smartest and most driven people you’ll ever get to know. I’ve been inspired by both students and co-workers to achieve great things. How then do I explain my discontent? Is it mid-life crisis? Adult onset ADHD? Pursuit of happiness? Just plain getting older?
Whatever it is, I am following my heart, and diving head first into a sea of uncertainty. It’s maybe the craziest thing I’ll ever do in my life. I simply won’t have the courage to pursue my dreams and passions without the people who love and support me. They let me be crazy and still love me. I am super grateful that I have them in my life!
So, I shall quit the only job I’ve ever known, and jump into the rabbit hole. With some luck, I’ll be able to pursue my childhood dream and even make a living out of it. I invite you to come and see what I will discover inside!