Dear Internet, KEEP Telling Me To Quit My Job

(In response to this article — Dear Internet, Stop Telling Me To Quit My Job)

Let me tell you something you already know: you don’t have to read stuff that’s on the internet.

I know it might feel like you have to. Because you have real work to do, and you’re procrastinating from doing it, but you still want to do something that’s kind of productive so you can keep lying to yourself about moving forward… reading stuff on the internet is perfect for that.

There are a lot of articles out there about quitting your job. I’ve even written one: https://byrslf.co/how-to-leave-your-9-5-do-what-you-love-and-be-who-you-really-are-945682f592c2#.oiluw0ouz

But you know what? If you find yourself constantly reading about being told to quit your job, and you’re getting bored of it, then maybe you’re following the wrong accounts. Maybe you’re spending too much time on the internet, instead of doing what you know you should be doing. Maybe you’re jealous.

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying your job. There’s nothing wrong with doing the best you can with what you currently have. That might be the best life philosophy there is.

But there’s also nothing wrong with wanting more.

I had a great job — I was one of the youngest managers in the company, and I had my own little team, and I had “Director” on my “career discussion form,” and I was earning well, and I had my own place, and I had my own car.

But it wasn’t “me.” I pretended it was. I thought it was all enough for me. But it wasn’t. And I’m not going to be ashamed of that.

If it wasn’t for the ever-growing self-help section of the internet, I might never have realised it was even possible to quit my job. I might never have realised that it was possible for ME to quit MY job. My mum and dad are in both in forever stable jobs. They would never, ever quit their jobs. They have absolutely no interest in doing that. And — for years — I convinced myself that I was ok with being like them.

I wasn’t. And if it wasn’t for the ever-growing self-help section of the internet, I don’t know how long I would’ve continued to pretend. To lie myself. To believe that it wasn’t ok to want what I wanted.

I’m grateful to have read about all those people who’d quit their job. I’m lucky to have found them, and to have read their story, and to have become friends with some of them.

They helped me to understand that it was ok to want what I wanted. That I didn’t have to be ashamed by it. That I didn’t have to let other people control me.

I don’t know where I’d be without them, but I have a good idea of what I’d be:

Unhappy.

Still.

If you’re bored of reading about people telling you to quit your job, why do you even click on the article? Or follow them on Instagram? Or waste even a single second on that person at all?

You know you can unfollow people, right? Or block them? Or get on with what you’re supposed to be doing instead of wasting time on reading stuff that gets you angry?

So, “internet”… thank you. You helped me to quit my job. You helped me to be stop judging myself. You helped me to be ok with who I am.

And now, I’m going to do the same for you.

If that’s quite alright.


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