I quit my job today.
Yup, the job I’ve had for almost 9 years.
The job I got right out of high school.
The company that’s promoted me regularly ever since I started there.
And why, you ask?
For one thing, I’ve found a new challenge. And it’s also more money, more responsibility, and a better match to my interests.
I don’t officially start the new job for 2 weeks, but I’m working there in the evenings and at home for the time being… you know… in my “spare” time.
I have about 5 years of stuff to learn in just a few short weeks. I know I can handle it, and I’m excited to be doing something new, especially when it takes away some of the financial pressures I’ve had of late.
And how did the resignation go? Well, it was tough. Probably the anticipation was worse than the actual experience. You see, I’ve had the same boss since I started there, and he’s become more than just a boss or a role model, but has become a friend. I knew the hardest part of leaving was going to be telling him I’d decided to go. Of course, he reacted by telling me that he’s always wanted what’s best for me. That helped. And it’s especially nice because I know he means it. And I’m also sure we’ll continue to be friends, and he’ll continue to kick my hiney on the golf course for years to come.
My employees were a mixed bag. There were some tears, and there were some cheers. I’ve said before, there were some people that never gave me a chance when I became their boss. They’d been there a long time, and no punk kid was going to tell them what to do. But for the most part, they’re good people.
I won’t lie… there are some people I’m thrilled to be leaving behind. Oddly, they’re mostly people that didn’t work for me or with me… they were the ones that treated me like crap because I got a job they wanted, or that they didn’t think I deserved, or because they felt threatened, or because I was male, or just because they had nothing better to do. There aren’t many of them, but the few of them caused enough problems it seemed like there were tons of them sometimes. I could name names or tell you some of the things they did behind my back that they don’t think I know about, but that’s not the kind of person I am. At least not until I stop taking my meds…
So it’s with mixed emotions I turn the page to a new chapter in my life. I am leaving on good terms, with mainly good memories from my current company. I haven’t stayed so long that the things that annoy me have become my focus. Now I embark on a journey to the undiscovered country, a journey of using as many stupid cliche’s in one paragraph as I can come up with, where hopefully I will find what I’m looking for.
I don’t know what that is, but I’m sure I’ll know it when I see it.