So on Friday I quit my job.
I sort of laugh every time I tell someone. Seriously, in this economy, I am voluntarily leaving a position that pays me money? Ha, when I think of it that way, my stomach twists in a nice little knot.
There are lots of reasons that I’m leaving, but because I still work there for 6 more weeks, I should share the public one: I’m trying something different.
In the last year, as I’ve read about other people’s wedding planning journeys, I’ve actually been quite moved by a lot of them. Many people thought they were doing one thing and then changed their plans because of their families – and then changed again to do something that felt more authentic. People are saying “Screw tradition” left and right and still getting married in ways that feel true to them, and nearly always report that people complimented them on it. You don’t need tradition to have an amazing wedding; you don’t need to buck tradition to have an amazing wedding. You just need to do what’s right for you.
And hearing that mantra over and over – Do what’s right for you – and also reading about how well it turns out for people both made me feel a little stronger. Yes, strangely enough, weddings and wedding planning are making me rethink the way I’m living my life. Weird.
I’ve been feeling for a couple of weeks like I’m on the edge of something big, like I’m in a place in my life where I can make a big change, take a risk, and maybe it’ll work out. Maybe it’ll work out really well. So fingers crossed! Here goes nothing.
So, what am I going to be doing? Well, all the things I ever wondered about! I am applying for volunteer positions with all the local wildlife organizations; hopefully I will hear soon about whether I’ll be working with squirrels, sea turtles, or wolves. Seriously.
And you know what else is awesome? How supportive my wife is about all this. She’s kind of the best.
Now we return to your regularly scheduled programming. More wedding coming tomorrow? We shall see.
Has anyone else made a drastic leap of faith(/insanity) like this? Please tell me it turned out well.