I quit my job: Embracing uncertainty in the search for driven meaning and balance
Reclaiming time and purpose in an ever-changing world
I’ve quit my job.
Does that statement make you feel fear or envy?
In recent years, I’ve been hearing about many people embarking on a quest to break free from the relentless cycle of the rat race. Digital nomads, freelancers, entrepreneurs — individuals choosing alternative paths to craft the alternative lives of their dreams.
Those stories made me feel envy. I hoped to find the courage to take that leap of faith, to trust myself enough to construct a life that’s richer, more balanced, and filled with purpose.
I’ve never lacked purpose. Throughout my journey, I’ve thrown myself into projects that ignited genuine passion within me. Projects that taught me incredible lessons. Projects I wasn’t afraid to leave when they no longer served me.
And in that sense, I was more proactive than most. I have never conceded to the idea that we must stay put in a company for a minimum number of years to ‘look professional’.
But, amid it all, despite the constant excitement of the intellectual challenge and the career growth, I realized I was longing for a unique kind of freedom — one that could only be crafted by my own hands.
Three years ago, the world underwent a seismic shift. The pandemic acted as a resounding wake-up call for many of us. With our lives grinding to a halt, we were confronted with an unexpected stillness, a moment of introspection.
We were compelled to ask questions that transcended superficial distractions because there were none. Questions about purpose and meaning — profound inquiries that the frenetic pace of modern life rarely affords.
People began to glimpse the possibility of an alternative work-life balance. Sadly, it took a painful reminder of life’s fragility, how it can be snuffed out in an instant by something as seemingly inconsequential as catching a cold, to make us acutely aware of our own mortality.
Life gradually resumed, but we found ourselves in an uncertain reality of hybrid work. Some yearned for human connection, while others longed for solitude. And during this collective uncertainty, questions lingered. What does it all mean? How do we move forward? Will everything go back to ‘normal’?
Today, adding to this complexity, Artificial Intelligence has unexpectedly emerged, reshaping everything we know and ushering in a world where many ponder the relevance of their roles when machines can perform tasks in mere seconds.
And in this crazy rollercoaster, I found myself grappling with my own questions. How long was I going to postpone going after my dreams? How long was I willing to compromise true work-life balance? Was I content to channel my creativity and ideas for someone else, or did I aspire to build my own reality? One aligned with my vision and values. One that I could share with others.
Questions alone weren’t going to cut it.
So, I stopped asking and I started doing.
Two weeks ago, I bid farewell to my job to pursue entrepreneurship and embrace the unknown with open arms.
My aspirations are clear:
Financial freedom: Not necessarily synonymous with wealth, my goal is to reclaim ownership of my time and leverage my skills in projects I enjoy, without compromising self-care or quality time with my loved ones.
Shaping a future of business I believe in: I aim to contribute to a future where individuals are liberated from the constraints of rigid schedules, enabling their creativity and innate talents to flourish.
A commitment to lifelong learning: I want my journey to be an ongoing voyage of self-discovery and growth, infused with joy.
If nothing comes of it, it will, at the very least, teach me invaluable lessons, possibly some of the most significant of my life.
And if need be, I can always return to working for others.
It’s funny how I’m choosing the path of most uncertainty, because I’m more certain than ever.
I’m turning 30 this year. And I simply had to give it a shot.
I’m giving myself 1 to 1.5 years of self-funded runway. I’m investing in myself, my values, and my ideas.
I’m sure I’ll face a million challenges.
I know it will be anything but easy.
But right now, there’s no fear.
I’m feeling ecstatic.