|Joining a club - even cooler than the Mickey Mouse club|
When I blogged about quitting my job last week I thought I was the only person "reckless" enough to walk away from a job that was boring me to tears and where I felt under-utilised and under appreciated while making an income that I assumed we needed. I thought long and hard about the repercussions of walking away from a steady job and in the end I decided to invest my time and energy in finding what makes me happy - just taking a leap of faith and hoping for the best. My husband is a great one for believing that things will work out, so I am taking a leaf out of his book this time.
What has brought me real encouragement and joy was finding several comments on that post from other bloggers who have done the same thing recently - the very first comment was from Pam from over50feeling40 who has just done exactly the same thing but after 17 years! (Double my effort this time around). The other ladies who commented had all felt (or are feeling) exactly how I feel and a change was definitely in order. So nice to know that I wasn't completely crazy thinking this.
I keep having that Beyonce song "All the Single Ladies" wafting through my head - but in this case, it's not single as far as a relationship goes, it's single in employment status……no longer part of a dysfunctional work environment but happily going it alone until something much better turns up on the horizon.
The bonus of blogging is that you meet people who are like-minded and often in a similar life stage - this isn't necessarily the case with my "real life" friends. Many of them are tootling along in jobs that they are happy in, or have husbands with large enough incomes to allow them to be "ladies who lunch" and I'm a long way from either of those scenarios. Others I know have children quite a bit younger than mine still living at home and that defines their life in a different way than empty nesting does - especially in regard to what is important time-wise and with what they invest their emotional energy in and what defines them.
It's nice to share a journey with others who are in the same head-space at the same time. To hear stories of how it's working out and for the understanding and encouragement that comes with being in the "All the Midlife Ladies" Club - thanks girls!
|Planning on getting some wear out of my new |
socks and comfy pants now I have more spare time