BLOGMAS Day 4 – Maybe endings don’t need to be for later?

Well for today, I’m just sharing a bit of something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Of course, inspired by my experience. I probably haven’t developed a concrete opinion but I think it’s worth thinking about all the way through. Maybe you too can also think with me and see if you ever get to a conclusion.

Sometimes giving up is the strong thing
Sometimes to run is the brave thing
Sometimes walking out is the one thing
That will find you the right thing

That will find you the right thing
And you know in your soul
And you know in your soul
When it’s time to go
You know, you know, you know, you know
When it’s time to go
So then you go
Then you go
You just go

It’s time to go by Taylor Swift

I was listening to this song a couple of days ago and I realized, one, I didn’t give Taylor’s Evermore album the flowers it deserved ( always just focused on folklore more ) and two, I heavily relate to these lyrics on so many different fronts but will just share a bit on something that relates to not giving up /not quitting.

Do it scared! Do it afraid! Just start! Literally, just start now.

There’s always advocacy for beginnings. You don’t have to figure it all out now, you can do it as you progress, but where’s that same energy when it comes to endings though? You have to figure out your next step before you end something but you don’t have to when you begin something?

I have observed that there’s always some hesitance when it comes to letting go. Maybe it’s the more difficult thing to do? Maybe the narrative of success has been that it only comes to those who have toiled and stuck it out. I find it pretty confusing if I am being honest.

Don’t call it quits yet – give it more time.

But how long is enough time to give yourself before you quit.? Why can’t you leave as quickly as you started? Don’t you think sometimes you just know that it’s time even if it hasn’t been that long? I have been in a situation where within three days I knew something would not work out for me, but I decided to just stick it out a bit more and at week 6 is when I decided the end had come. But really the end had already come by day 3 I just had to give it more time so that it did not appear like I was being rash in my decisions.

The reactions I have seen from people when I told them I have decided to quit something vs when I am starting a new venture? Worlds apart!

When interviewing, if you even disclose that you worked at a certain company for say 3 months or a shorter period they start raising their eyebrows wondering why you left so soon. They think you are probably not a reliable person to keep around; perhaps a valid concern. I think generally there is a preference for people willing to commit for the long term regardless of whatever comes with that.

But can there also be room for a different perspective? I don’t know? What do you think?

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