It was surprisingly warm out for December and I felt so incredibly alive as I ran. I thought about my desk job and why I don’t like it, why I feel trapped there, why I undergo such a spiritual shift every Monday morning between 9 and 10 am. As I ran I thought, I don’t care what else I do. I just can’t sit at that desk anymore.
–from the first entry of follow my bliss – 1-5-09
Today is my blog’s one-year anniversary! Happy anniversary, blog.
Writing follow my bliss over the last twelve months has been a truly wonderful and life-affirming experience. I love to write and having an outlet to do so, having an opportunity to write something almost every day, has been a blessing.
I have also made great friendships that I would not have made without this blog. My friend Elizabeth Blue comes to mind because she was one of the first people ever to reach out to me about follow my bliss, to tell me that she was inspired by my story and that she was undergoing similar shifts in her own life. She started a blog of her own, we’ve become dear friends, and I am so proud of her for the lovely place she’s at in her life right now.
Writing this blog has allowed me to talk to people around the world who share my experience, who do not feel fulfilled by their jobs. Hundreds of thousands of people google the phrase “I want to quit my job” each day. I’m sure it’s nothing new in the world that people have jobs they don’t like and want jobs they don’t have but, still, we are lucky to be able to reach out to each other to affirm that we aren’t alone.
It’s very easy to walk around a job you hate like a zombie, telling yourself that you have to stay there, that your circumstances are different, that you don’t have a choice. And maybe you don’t. Only you really know that.
But I believe that everyone has some kind of a choice – about their whole lives really. And I say, if you don’t like your job don’t stay there. Make a plan and execute that plan. Start a new career, do something you’ve always dreamed of doing, go back to school, make a change. It’s up to you.
Life is too short.