Life is short, and reaching the half way point has been a real eye-opener for me. I saw I had stopped growing and was pretty close to stagnating. Sitting still and assuming there is "nothing new under the sun" to quote Solomon - is the worst thing we can do with the lives we've been given.
I sat in a job for several years longer than I should have because I thought it was all I was entitled to. Day after day, week after week, month after month - and eventually year after year giving my best for someone who didn't appreciate my skills or talents. It sucks you dry and leaves you feeling incapable of moving forward.
It was finally reaching the point of feeling that it would be better to not work at all than to continue to work in a soulless job that finally gave me the impetus to quit and see what else was out there. Boy did that open up a world of new experiences! I bought a bicycle, I went to two job interviews and before I knew it, I was in a new job in a similar, but also completely new work environment.
That was a year ago but it didn't stop there, last month a surgeon who works at the same hospital as me asked if I wanted more hours - when I said "No thank you very much!" he then asked if I'd consider coming to work for him for a higher salary and better work days. I thought about it for a day or so and then decided that it was a new opportunity to embrace and why not seize the moment? So......I now work great days, get paid what I'm worth, and get told how well I'm doing. What a change from a year ago!
New experiences don't stop with job changing or bike riding, I also used the extra time I had to learn stained glass/leadlighting. I've made a staircase railing that I love, and I'm about to learn how to use glass and copper foiling to make sun-catchers, ornaments and goodness knows what - another new experience to keep me busy.
When something new comes along we can choose to ignore it and stay safe in our little world, or we can choose to take a risk and embrace the opportunity being offered. I know I'm going with the latter because it is opening up my life every time I try something new. I want to be active and interesting and engaging - and none of those come from staying safely in the same place for the rest of my life.
|My latest project - stained glass flowers|