I quit my ‘proper’ job to follow my passion. I’m officially a sustainable living blogger! I decided that following my passions and taking a leap of faith was another area of my life where I could set an example for my children and live a more fulfilled life. Here are some great words from Alan Watts, a philosopher, about doing what you love in life and not settling because there is a paycheck involved.
I’ve never been miserable in a job, in fact for the majority of my employment history I have thoroughly loved my work. This is because I have always pursued roles in natural resource management and community engagement, which I enjoy. In the end I left something I liked for something I found a deeper passion for, at this point in my life. I left with no other goal than to work on living a life that is fulfilling, fun, and low impact, and thinking I’d rather try and fail, than never try at all. My work mates were extremely supportive and I left feeling as high as a kite.
It’s been a couple of months since I quit my job and I have no regrets. We’ve had our first proper family holiday in eight years and I am loving the flexibility of being available for the people I care about, and to write when I am feeling inspired, and to garden when it is a nice day. This might mean you get clusters of new posts from me at times of inspiration, and at other times it might be a bit quiet. I’ll try to evenly space them out though.
Sometimes I wonder if taking this leap of faith will negatively impact our long term future, but then again, if we have lived a happy and meaningful life, how can that be negative? As long as I can give my kids an education, watch them follow their dreams, and share many life experiences with loved ones, I will have succeeded. And you know what? I’m not a lazy person. A low impact lifestyle is definitely not for the lazy. I just want to make sure my energy and enthusiasm is directed at things that I feel are important and which make me happy – relationships, experiences, and passions.
I’d love to hear your thoughts or questions. Have you taken a leap of faith like this? Do you wish you could? Tell me about it.