I walked in my house and slammed the door behind me. My shoulders immediately dropped from exhaustion, yet relief. I was finally done with another lengthy day of drawn out meetings, chatty co-workers, and repetitive emails. After eight tedious years of being employed at this place and finding my passion within that time frame, work was starting to feel severely unfamiliar. It felt like I had been invited to a sophisticated all white soiree, and I showed up late - clad in black from head to toe. I was out of place. I didn't belong. Although the work day was behind me, I cringed at the thought of returning to the same old routine the next day. Something had to shake. I began drawing the blueprint to my escape plan from my job. I eventually settled on a six month strategy that would give me enough time to seek out employment elsewhere. Unbeknownst to me, while I was sketching my plan out, the Universe had its own plan already set in stone. I was gone from my job two weeks later.
Before leaving my job, my mother and I fasted and prayed for guidance. Towards the end of our fasting and praying journey, I received some insight from my spirit. It felt like a pound of courage had been strategically placed in my gut. I experienced an "ah-ha" moment. I thought to myself, "If I'm miserable, no one else can change that but me. I am in control of my life." On that following work day - with no full-time job to go to, a part time writing gig, unshakable faith and a little money in my savings to hold me down - I walked into my job with my head held high and gracefully submitted my two weeks notice. If I've never felt proud of myself before, I was damn sure bursting with pride on this day. For I had my big girl panties on, and I was twirling my destiny in my hand ever so stylishly. It was a day I will never forget.
It's been two weeks since I've turned the page to my next journey, and I'm admiring my new found bravery. I've been writing more for my other gig and exploring other promising opportunities as well. I'm not sure if this will be my full entrepreneurial sprint, but if I do get another job it will definitely be one that encourages and enhances my talents. I will no longer work a job just to get a paycheck. Life is too short for mediocrity.
By no means am I telling any of you to quit your jobs and follow your passions. This is my faith walk. You have to run your own race and do what is in your spirit. However, what I am telling you is to act like you know and understand that you are in control of your destiny. You have the power to change any situation in your life that isn't nourishing. The ball is in your court. What's your next play?
Peace and Blessings,
- Samjah Iman
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