He stood by his desk thinking of the decision he just made and finally followed through after being so reluctant for the past 15 years. It took him 15 years to take this step and when he finally did, it didn’t feel the way it should. He wasn’t happy, he was ecstatic.
He looked at the picture of his wife and two boys and wondered how they would take the news. He didn’t know that today was the day. He didn’t know that today he would set himself free to pursue his dreams. He didn’t know that on his way to the water cooler he would deviate and pass by his boss’s office to inform him.
He stood by the glass door of the office knowing exactly what he wanted. Everything was clear to him. Everything he did up to this point in his life was clear in his head and he saw exactly where he needs to be next. He wasn’t emotional and he didn’t have a plan. Nothing specific happened to trigger the decision, it was just time.
Time. Oh how much time he wasted doing something he didn’t enjoy.
He had enough. He had enough with putting on his suit every morning and driving the same route. He had enough of thinking “what if” and “when will I?’ It was enough procrastination. He procrastinated his life for the past 15 years and it was time for it to end.
He always knew what he wanted to be and do at an early age. His passion for the kitchen led him to come back from work everyday and cook, regardless of the workload he carried. He only felt alive with the chef’s knife in his hand, cutting vegetables and stirring pots on the stove. He had a calling yet ignored it for so long thinking that his pay was more important than his dream. He planned to start a small restaurant when he retires but couldn’t go on one more day. This was it. This was the day he chose to change his life. This was decision day.
He knocked on the door and waited for the answer. He walked in and very calmly explained his decision. The boss nodded, stood up, and gave him a hug. The boss knew him too well. He saw him in the company’s last barbecue dinner and how his eyes lit when he was grilling the burgers, how laid back and comfortable he looked in the apron. He knew he would be losing one of his best employees soon and he was right.
He walked back to his desk and saw he didn’t have many “personal belongings” to pack. He took the photo frame, his keys, and mobile phone and started walking. He was never one of the team, he was always a guest that never clicked in. One step, two steps, three steps, he smiled. Four steps, five steps, six steps, he turned and looked at the office, everyone was busy working on their computers or talking on their phones. He grinned. Seven steps, he started removing his tie thinking how cliche. Eight steps, nine steps, 10 steps, he throws the tie in the bin and reaches the elevator. He presses the down button and waits.
The elevator arrives, he walks in and turns. This would be the last time he walks into a corporate building and he gladly presses “G”. He knew that this was the best decision he ever made.
May 10, 2017 at 8:41 pm
A correct decision, though it is not easy. Many people have imprisoned themselves for a very long time doing what they have no passion for. Your profession and day job should be what you do naturally and enjoy every day. Thanks for this write-up, it is well-written and impactful! But my question is when and what age is right enough to resign and start one’s own business or company?
May 10, 2017 at 9:49 pm
Thank you for your comment, Peter. I agree with you, your profession should be something you enjoy because you are spending so much time of your day (and thus your life) in it. I don’t think it has to do with the right age I think it has to do with the responsibilities. Some people have children, loans, and other financial obligations that need to be addressed and it’s such a shame if the profession is something he hates. But as soon as the person sees the opportunity, he should do for it and never second guess himself. People always regret not taking chances when they present themselves, but never regret their adventures.
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May 11, 2017 at 9:25 am
Alright. I agree with you.