I’ve been thinking lately about the topic of letting go and how difficult it can sometimes be. Whether it’s a job, physical possession, or relationship of some type, it’s never easy to do. It can be so freeing though. A host of new possibilities await once the first step into the unknown is achieved. For myself, this involves leaving the job I’m currently at.
I work as a Junior Accountant for a small company but am not happy in the position. There isn’t enough to challenge me and allow for growth. (Not to mention the company size means zero room for growth within the company itself.) I’ve also discovered (surprise, surprise) that I do not want to be an Accountant. I want to teach people about money management, not just manage the accounts and cash flow statements for a business. Leaving this job will be a chance for a new beginning as I look for something closer to where my interests in Finance lie.
Some have told me to stay at this job until I find another (which could be sound advice for some people) but that would violate my ethos. I live a Frugal Minimalist lifestyle partly because I enjoy it, but also because it gives me the freedom to not be chained to a job. Leaving says to the mind “by the way, this is real so get out there and find work you really want to do.” New possibilities are exciting and help fuel my adventurous spirit. I don’t want to look back in 10 years regretting inaction.
Putting my life aside now, take a minute to think about your own life. Imagine the things that add the most stress or clutter to it. Now imagine letting them go and the freedom that comes with it. The deep relaxing breath you’re able to take afterward. Why not make this a reality for yourself? In the end, the new possibilities and the growth they bring will be worth it. Sure, there will be some risk (there always is) but just as with investing, you can’t get a large payout without a little risk. (You won’t get much return on investment if your entire portfolio is Bonds.)
I”ll end with an excerpt from Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken.”
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.