This takes me back to the time when I was deciding whether to quit my job or continue doing what I really hate just cos it served certain purpose. The future looked scary, somewhat hazy, very confusing and for a lot of questions I did not know the answers as to what to do next and how to address certain problems which were going to come right up. Well, looking back now, things make a very strong sense altogether, that too in a way that I had never expected but one thing I am sure of -It was the best decision I took!
Of course when I was thinking about taking the decision, there were quite a few opinions about the decision. Here were the top few responses
1) This is the biggest mistake of your life!
Quite graphic isn’t it? He he :D. Well this was one of the most common responses I had got. Well trust me, this wasn’t even close to the BIG mistakes 😉 . While we are on the same subject – what is the big deal about making mistakes? Isn’t it cool to make them and make sure it never happens again?
2) What are you going to do next? There is no plan at all? You are plunging into the waters without knowing how to swim!!
Well, I guess I did, but I did wade my arms frantically and I know how to swim now. If I had never taken the decision, I would have never learnt how to swim. I am kinda glad that I took the leap of faith. This way, I don’t have to worry about water again!
3) Have you thought about it carefully?
Well of course I did answer yes, but the truth was – No! And thank god I had not thought about it carefully and meticulously. If I had done that, I would have never taken a decision!
4) You don’t have a blueprint for your life. How are you going to succeed?
Well if everything in life had a blue print then what is the fun of it? And we always find a way don’t we? As long as we take ownership for our decisions, we always find a way!
5) What are you going to do next?
Well, this perhaps was a sensible question, but I didn’t have a sensible answer for that. The only thought was – I am in my 20’s, it is the time to explore and take some risks, if I don’t do it now, I will never be able to do it!
6) You are a fool!
Well, the guys who said this seemed a lot more confident about my capacities than I ever was and they were so confirmed that I was a fool. Well maybe I was, but I would say a very proud one.
7) Doesn’t this scare you?
Well, of course it did! The unknown is always scary, there is a huge amount of uncertainty and a lot of fears. At the same time, there is a lot of excitement and the romanticism of possibilities. Where you decide to look determines a lot!
8) No one will offer you a job!
Well they had a reason to say this, this was the peak of recession when I quit. And the truth was, I didn’t want to find a job, I had a better thing to do, I wanted to find myself!
9) I admire your guts!
These were the friendlier thoughts, these were the only guys who made me smile through the process. Well atleast someone respected me 🙂
10) I could never do this!
Perhaps this was one thing which made me think – This is not their journey to understand, they never will be able to relate to what I want to do with my life. And that was the leap of faith, it was and is and will be my journey and the decision is to make it count 🙂 …
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