Quitter’s High


I quit my job. I am overwhelmed with a euphoric high, an almost tingly sensation. On one hand, I can’t believe I did it, and on the other, I am so excited by the opportunity that lies ahead.

Quitting has a pretty negative connotation. “Don’t be quitters,” we tell children. I’ve carried the shame of quitting piano lessons with me long into adulthood. Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Don’t want to do this anymore!

For people, change is intimidating. To leave something known for something unknown requires a leap of faith. Especially, when what you’re leaving is pretty good, as it is in my case. Leadership is really exceptional at my old company. (side note, can I call it my old company if I’ve only just quit?). Really committed people work hard, travel exhaustively and get impressive results in difficult times (ahem, recession). This is a good company to work for and to work with.

But maybe not so good if I want to join a Pilates class and actually get to go to more than a handful of them. Maybe not so good if volunteering in my community requires a weekly commitment. Maybe not so good if the pixie dust of travel has worn thin.  Finding work/life balance is hard. With this transition from old job to new job, I’m looking for greater harmony.

My new job! Challenging and meaty work  awaits. The interviews I did were with interesting people who asked smart questions and gave thoughtful insights. Culturally, this looks like a good fit for me. I’m excited to roll up my sleeves and get started. While I know the old adage that the grass isn’t greener on the other side, my new grass involves significantly less travel!

I wasn’t ever passionate about piano lessons, but quitting them did pave the way for ski club, and a French tutor, and a knitting camp. Those worked out well, save for the ski cap I attempted to knit that ended up as large as a ski sombrero. While the future is always uncertain, I am optimistic that quitting something good today has ushered in a chance for something great tomorrow. Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So Excited!

Care to read more about my business travels: Travel Savvy and 23E & 23F and How to LUV Flying More



6 responses to “Quitter’s High

  1. A physician I worked for a few years ago used to tell me “the grass is not always greener- just different grass” although I really respected his comment I have found with every career move I have made the “different grass” made me extremely happy and fit me perfectly!!!

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  2. I remember the ski hat! Striving for a work life balance is a laudable …and a new job can be exhilarating. Go girl, go 🙂


  3. Don’t think of it as “quitting.” Think of it as “embracing a new challenge,” then go forth and be outstanding! Congrats on your new position — may it bring you much joy!


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