“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition – Steve Jobs”
To put the above quote into the context of my life, my Nan, my Sister and I were previously discussing Becca’s plans to graduate from her first Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine and her plans to study for her second Masters in Physiotherapy in September of this year, when the talk turned to my career plans. I explained to my Nan that I no longer enjoyed aspects of my job, especially three hours a day spent on trains and tubes commuting to and from London and that because of these factors, I had decided to hand in my resignation. She expressed that she was disappointed after seeing the amount of time and effort I had put into building a career as a Solicitor.
You only live once that’s the motto
I have had quite a few conversations like this, where after I have explained to them my plans, you can feel the tension of the other person thinking 'you're doing what?!' and after these conversations I thought I would have been emotional, a fear tears at the very least, instead I felt surprisingly relaxed in the decision I had made and my positive outlook on my future. I explained countless times that it isn't that I am leaving my job to do nothing, I am leaving to enjoy a summer aboard and to pursue my own entrepreneurial career as Founder of cocolem.
I totally understand why my family, friends and colleagues have their reservations, after all, I spent three years studying hard for my LLB Law with Criminology degree and having completed many years of law related work experiences and jobs, plus the thousands of pounds’ worth of student loan debt, I am packing it all in to go away for the summer and forge out my own career path.
Despite their concerns, I cannot see myself in the same job, and on the same solicitor career path five years from now, so I have decided it is best to abandon ship sooner rather than later. I can think of nothing worst then to look back at my life and feel pity and regret for the missed opportunities, and the leaps of faith I failed to take due to lack of self-confidence. I
was not am not willing to allow anyone’s ideas of how I should live my life, influence my own life plan because my life goals are to live abundantly, to be fulfilled emotionally and financially and to live a happy and grateful life knowing I made the right decisions by me, for me.
At the end of this month I would have worked my notice and with that finished this chapter of my life story. As one door closes...