Is it a big deal to jump into the unknown?
Or is it a simple opening of a new chapter?
The reason I’m writing this piece is that I’ve handed in my notice to my work, booked flights back to Sicily and will leave my online work December 31st.
I’ve written before about facing your fears, and there is something to be said about it. Today is a tightrope balance between fear and excitement of the unknown.
“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination.”
Opening credits to the Twilight Zone TV series. I’ve picked this quote because the show tried to work on your imagination to make you think and more often to scare you, with its ability to take you on an adventure with no clear destination until the end.
The ideas of fear can be related to new chapters in your life can come from many factors from getting old and going into the unknown, whether a new job, new relationship or new location and these have to be some of our deepest fears and biggest thrills.
At 35 this Friday, I think, “Have I hit middle age?”, “Am I throwing this once in a lifetime job and living opportunity away?” and “This is so exciting, I can do this now, and go here and I don’t have to listen to their nonsense, this feels so freeing!”
As for handing in my notice, (without prejudice) I felt a new chapter has been needed, a jump into the unknown and to see what else there is out there.
I hear and see people on a daily basis complain and question their work and love relationships and can appreciate that many can’t move on, especially if they have other responsibilities like kids.
I’m sure these are things we have all thought when quitting one of our jobs before.
The other side there is excitement, which can depend on your situation, maybe you want something fresh, more meaningful, or a better opportunity, or is it the pure joy of telling your boss to stick it. I’m a big fan of the Simpsons; they can hit the mark on social commentary. There is a scene in a Halloween episode, where Homer debates killing his boss and therefore does he dare to live the ‘American Dream’. I’m sure we’ve all thought that one of our bosses is a money vampire…the American itself is meant to be in part about jumping into the unknown, going on a quest and even reinventing yourself, (it’s not capitalism). The reasons we jump into the unknown vary, yet our reasons can be similar.
So, this blog looks like it will continue, at least until December and the excitement can only continue, while out in Sicily. It is still 20-30c out there, with a warm sea both lasting until November/ beginning of December, and there is a possibility of snowboarding on Mama Etna.
If you enjoyed this weeks blog, have a look at last weeks blog on Rome! Top tips on how to have a day out in Rome for next to nothing.
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