As many of you may know I recently quit my corporate career of 7 years to pursue my life long dream of working from home full time. Unlike many relationships that end in divorce mine was an amicable "break up". My boss and department were totally supportive of my aspirations. In fact, I'm still very cool with the company, my co-workers, staff and supervisors. So much so, I was still asked to come to our annual Christmas party. Needless to say I was very honored and touched to be extended this invitation.
However I still had some apprehension about how everyone would react since I wasn't part of the team any longer. But after deeply pondering the free booze, I quickly decided that my fears were irrational and accepted the invitation with open arms.
So this past Friday I did something I haven't done in nearly 3 weeks, I commuted to work. It was a very surreal feeling to be sitting on the metro north train in my usual two seater seat staring out the window at the snow covered trees and homes whizzing by. I couldn't help but reminisce about the days and nights I would spend on that very train day-dreaming about retiring and working for myself full time. And it really hit me hard to realize that I was now living that dream and heading back to work not as an employee but as a free man! I damn near started crying on the train. But then some 50 cent started playing on my ipod and that potentially embarrassing emotional outburst was instantly turned into some head nodding and "ice grilling". I love that "Get Money" song, it's "ignt" and shallow, but gets me so amped! lol
In any event, when I finally reached my old office and came face to face with all the people I shared good and bad times with over the last 7 years, it was like putting on some old comfortable sneakers. It felt right to be there. Strangely enough one of the first things that was uttered by people seeing me, was that I was giving off some type of aura. Maybe my colleagues have been under those fluorescent lights too long or maybe it was because I was in casual-wear and not in my suit.
Well according to my former co-workers it was more than the wardrobe change. Evidentally I really appeared to be more relaxed and happy. I just found the whole observation very odd. In my mind, I've always been relaxed and laid back so I couldn't really get a grasp of this perceived improved healthier state of mind and body. But to my former co-workers the change was glaring!
After pondering it more, I realized that what my co-workers were seeing was my pure joy of knowing that I now controlled my own destiny. I could now pay myself what I really felt I was worth. And despite all the Mr. Mom jokes, that I could now be a stay at home dad to my soon to be arriving baby girl! They were seeing a man on fire. So in hindsight it made total sense that I looked very relaxed and happier. Because without even fully realizing it , I was all those things.
So apparently quitting a 9-5 is great for your health. Who would've "thunk" it? What do you guys think? Do you think you would feel a lot more relaxed and healthier?
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