SOMETIMES QUITTING IS THE SMARTEST THING TO DO
Have you ever wanted to walk away from something? Have you ever thought about quitting a relationship, a job, a commitment?
This week I quit my job. It was hard yet easy in the same breath. It was hard only when I criticised myself for failing to meet the requirements of my employment contract. Of course, like many, I have been my own worst critic.
Sometimes our desire to follow through, to complete a commitment or meet a promise to others or ourselves becomes detrimental to our own health.
Those of you who have been following my journey of late already know I have been living with and managing depression and anxiety. Having mental health issues in itself feels like a character flaw at times.
Despite being an experienced health care professional, knowing depression can’t be “snapped out of” I find myself frustrated at my inability to control the symptoms of depression.
As my mental health improved I returned to work and immediately knew the current situation was part of the problem and not the solution as you can read in my post last month Returning to work: Frogone it.
Working full time and commuting an hour at the start and end of each day has became too much to manage. The role I worked was always designed to be full time and was always going to require a commute. I have taken my own advice and left behind a situation I could not change. I have put my ego aside, admitted that taking on the job in the first place was a mistake and now rectified that mistake.
Quitting is a form of redistributing responsibilities
The relief is incredible and I feel that this conscious decision to quit is the best way to redistribute some responsibilities. The responsibilities of the job I have quit are no longer mine. I am now free and energised to move onto something more suitable.
We all make choices in life and it is important to stick to a decision until the end goal is met. However it is just as important, at times to pause and re-evaluate the path we are on to consider if it really is the one we need to meet our goals. Quitting my job is not a failure or a weakness. I see it as an elite form of self care.