I’ve quit jobs that stopped fulfilling me and left employers that didn’t value my contributions. I’ve quit relationships that were unhealthy and emotionally burdensome. I’ve quit responding to or engaging with people that demand emotional labor from me, cause me negativity, or give nothing back. I’ve quit allowing things I don’t like and don’t interest me to consume my time and my mental energy. I’m proud to be a quitter... because you know what is worse? Sticking with something that’s not fulfilling, fruitful, or dysfunctional.
Things happen in life that change you in a really, really big way. Sometimes, you see the asteroid coming, and you know the impact is gonna be huge. Other times, it's just a small, average snowball... from that, you would never anticipate the avalanche. While I’ve talked about some of the various big moments I’ve experienced on my website, I’m going to try something different — chronological order! — in a new 4-part blog series called "How Did I Get Here?" This is Chapter 1.
As I see many of my friends, acquaintances, and connections getting laid off, taking mandated furloughs, or receiving pay cuts, I just wanted to leave this here: Your employment status does not define you, and your salary does not equal your value. What does define you? A willingness to embrace change and adapt. Generosity of time, heart and spirit. Persistence and determination. A desire for personal growth and betterment. Humility. Appreciation for the gifts you do have in life. Because, this: