Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Five Stages of Downsizing: Freedom

Ah, we've reached my favorite stage: freedom! When you reach the this stage , you're at a crossroad. The chains are off, you're free! After the anger starts to fade, it becomes more clear that what you're working with is a clean slate. So what will you draw? If you're like two-thirds of Americans, you hated your job anyway.

Pay attention to what happens when you hit this stage, because it might just point you in the right direction. But if you blink, you could miss your exit. In my particular experience, my brain just lets completely loose and the ideas on what to do next start flowing. Some of them seem stupid and probably imossible, ridiculous,  but they're all good. They're clues. Even the crazy ones are clues. It's your subconscious trying to tell you what you want to be when you grow up.

Maybe you did like your job, and you want to just start looking for a similar position in your field right away. That's the easy road, and that's ok! You're lucky. It has never been that way for me, but I have followed that path anyway. Because... easy road. It's the only way I know how to make a living, and it's comfortable. But it makes me miserable. I have reached a point where I feel like I need to at least try to take a different path, and even though I barely set one foot out so far, I am terrified.



I don't feel qualified to really give advice here, since I'm only just starting out on this risk taking business. But there has to be a reason for the existence of the millions of inspirational pictures with risk taking quotes in hipster fonts (today's answer to the "hang in there!" kitten poster) all over the internet. If you don't think that's enough of a reason to go for it, I don't know what to tell you.

Follow your dreams!




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