illustration by David Kantrowitz

What My Resignation Letter Should Have Said

To Whom it May Concern,

I’d like to inform you of my resignation, effective in two weeks time, in order to pursue my lifelong dream of “having the confidence to believe in myself.”

It took me a while, but I finally realized that this job was getting in the way of what I really wanted my career to look like. Exciting opportunities came my way, but they were increasingly difficult to tackle in the few hours after a full day of work, or on weekends when all I wanted to do was normal human stuff like maintain friendships and breath air outside of my apartment. Really, ANY air outside of my apartment sounds so sweet right now.

In a way, I feel like I did this backwards — I skipped the “starving artist” phase and went straight to “guy who works in an office full-time but he really likes his hobbies so it’s tolerable.” So I’m willing myself back to “starving,” in the hopes of achieving something greater than “tolerable.”

It’s hard to imagine not taking full advantage of my new freedom, but I know that “will power” can be a tricky thing. Sometimes you just want to sit in bed and re-watch all of Deadwood for the fifth time. I’m hoping not to have too many days like that, but let’s face it, Deadwood is awesome.

Wish me luck, or even better, hire me to illustrate that book you’ve always been meaning to write. (Yes, I’m talking to you, Brian from I.T. Your book sounds great! I don’t know why there isn’t more young adult fiction from the perspective of forest animal detectives, but I think yours would be great!)

Sincerely,

-David Kantrowitz