I get it. I really do. I’ve laid in my bed staring at the ceiling as I pondered if this is really all there is to life. I can remember getting super fed up one day and I even looked at my husband and asked him if this is how life was meant to be: wake up, take kids to school, go to work, come home, help kids with homework, eat dinner, bathe and put kids to bed, get myself ready for bed, and do it all over again the next day. I don’t know about you, but this wasn’t working for me.
Now before you start calling me ungrateful, just know that I was truly grateful for my job. I mean, who else can say they know the joy of seeing the light bulb go off when a child finally understands a concept that’s been giving them a kick in the rear end? Teaching truly taught me a lot about life. However, I reached a point where I felt like it was time to do something else that still aligned with my purpose.
You see, I’ve learned that although your purpose stays the same, the vehicle you use to fulfill your purpose may change. Just because you may have been designed to empower others to reach their goals and live a life of abundance doesn’t mean you have to be a doctor, counselor, teacher, or whatever for forever. I’ve learned my role can change as I grow on my journey. And guess what? So can yours.
If you’ve been waking up feeling like there’s gotta be something more to life than where you are, chances are you really may not be operating in your purpose or the right vehicle to help you fulfill your purpose. If you’ve done the self-check test, and you’ve concluded that you’re not just being negative and one-sided, then I encourage you to explore what other options you can take at this point. Call me crazy, but I believe a job is more enjoyable if it’s what you were meant to do!
When searching for the right vehicle, people use various criteria. Some say all you need is a job that pays the bills. Some say, go to college so you can get a degree in a high-paying field. Yet, in my experience, money does not make up for the emptiness. This is why it’s not strange to see someone who makes a 6 figure salary quit to do something that doesn’t compare (financially speaking) to their previous job. Everyone is different. (If you need help finding your purpose, I created a pretty cool editable worksheet just to help you!)
Although some would rather just “go with the flow”, I can’t. I want to make a difference in this world. I also want to leave behind a legacy that I’m proud of. I want the same for you. I don’t want you to continue to feel badly for wanting to let go and move on to a new career or position. Wanting more out of life isn’t a bad thing. Not going after the life you want is.