When I decided to leave my job after 15 years, there were those who said, “You’ll be back” or “You won’t make it”.
These people were usually the same ones who lived in fear of something daily.
I didn’t listen to them, obviously.
I Listened to the other people. The ones who applauded me, those who cheered for one of their own doing something they all wish they could do, but for their own reasons (family, job and things out of their control) couldn’t do.
Each time someone made a comment about me leaving, I’d notice their tone, and what they said. I also took what I knew about their lives and considered where their words were coming from.
For the majority of them, they were sincere about wanting my happiness, but there’s always the haters. Those who could leave their life and prosper, but out of fear, they’re unable.
Each of these people had things they wanted out of life, but were unable to do.
And for each I wanted them to have a better life. One filled with the things they wanted, the future they deserved and their family deserved.
I also thought, what made me so special?
What made me it possible for me to get out?
You could say it was timing, and you’d be partially right, But still, why am I able to live the life I want, and the one I want for my family?
I didn’t fear the repercussions of my actions.
I didn’t think past the next step in my life.
I knew what I wanted and I went after it.
I reached a point when I faced the fear of uncertainty. I chose to ignore it and do what my heart wanted.
I still get those who applaud me for following my heart, and as for the others, their curiously silent.