Quitting our jobs was one of the hardest things we’ve ever done, especially because we loved what we were doing – well, the greater portion thereof.
With our jobs, we also leave behind the security and comfort of our established lives. What about friends? What about health insurance? Mortgage? How long will our savings last? Who will offer us another job if we stay out of the workforce for so long? These and many other questions kept us often awake at night.
But a dream stays a dream if you are too scared to chase it. And most people’s dreams remains just that. Fear of the unknown keeps them away from unfolding the possibilities in life.
And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.Edward J. Stieglitz
We spent countless hours planning and dreaming about the next step in our lives. So we thought that when it was finally going to be time to quit our jobs, we would be prepared, and it would be easy. We were wrong. It hasn’t been easy at all.
As soon as we learned the exact date for the splash of our boat, we decided to turn in our resignations. Because we worked in the same industry – it’s a small world, we thought it would be better to do it at exactly the same time. So we picked up a date and a time that worked well for both of us. When that day come, we went through the details one last time during breakfast, and we left home with one mission: going to the office and quit. Once we did it, we felt sad, but also relieved.
Alea iacta est (The die is cast)Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus
We gave our employers generous notice, and that gave both of our teams enough time to search for our successors. A long notice also helped us, because we had enough time to catch up with and say goodbye to all the people we’ve worked with during the course of the years. And they are a lot!
So now here we are now: jobless. For the first time in our lives since college. No more intelligent conversations with our peers under the fluorescent. No more presentations, staff meetings, one-on-ones, V2MOMs, status reports, performance reviews and compliance trainings.
Friends and coworkers are asking me how my last day at work feels like. Well, to me it feels exactly like when I graduated from college.
As a matter of fact, as soon as I got home after my last day at the office this afternoon, Yuka welcomed me saying: Congratulations! I asked: What for? And she said: you’ve just graduated from eBay.
She is absolutely right!