We live in a society where quitting is not seen as an action to be proud of. But why?
***I wrote this article three years ago and never posted it. My writing today is different, but I want to be vulnerable and share it with you because I trust it will provoke a valuable reflection in you. ***
Why are we not supposed to quit something that is not contributing to our happiness? We are not supposed to quit studying, our job, or our intimate relationship. But we are supposed to quit drinking, smoking, drugs, and coffee.
Why are we supposed to keep a job that is not meant for us, a boss that acts like a dictator, a university major that doesn’t inspire us, or a relationship that generates frustration and hatred instead of happiness and love?
These life situations are as toxic to our mental and physical health as drinking or smoking. Yet, society often does not approve of us quitting them.
I don’t believe in ‘no pain, no gain’, and I am proud to say that in my life, I had the opportunity and the courage to quit and move on to greener fields. I left the country where I was living, a job, an apartment, acquaintances, all for the unknown. And I did it multiple times.
I needed to remind myself that I am not a rat racer and that not knowing what’s coming next doesn’t scare me. It actually excites me.
I wanted to prove to myself that I am confident in my abilities, I am smart enough to figure it out, and most importantly, I can have fun and enjoy each step of the journey.
Life is too short to spend years enduring a situation that is not right for us. A situation that is contributing to our stress and frustration and preventing us from reaching our true potential.
Why not quitting and starting all over again? Why trying to keep that marriage alive for years when we know that it doesn’t work? Why getting depressed on Mondays because a new week of unfulfilling work is ahead of us? Why keep working as a sales director if your dream is to be a tour guide?
You might be in the perfect life situation where everything is fine, and contentment and satisfaction are your daily mood. If this is the case, good for you! But if this is not the case, and you are clinging to something that hinders your happiness because of fear of the unknown or lack of self-belief, be bold and make a brave conscious decision to turn your life around. You can do it! And I assure you that it is less difficult than you think.