Why you should quit that thing you hate NOW.
I’ll tell you a secret. I LOVE quitting. In fact I have never felt more powerful then I do when I walk away from something that I know deep down isn’t right for me, or does not align with my happiness and my future.
The taboo surrounding ‘quitting’ is stronger than ever. Countless quotes flying around to ‘never quit’, keep going, quitting is for losers. Well I put two fingers up to that, and can confidently say that quitters are the winners of this world and I actually revel in the concept of quitting. Quitting is a privilege, a sign of freedom, passion. There is power in quitting. In fact I will tell you 3 times where quitting has completely transformed my life:
I quit my first degree – My first degree was in English and Philosophy. I was very good at these subjects, but I knew from the jump that it wasn’t for me. But due to my high grades I was pushed into taking ‘academic and traditional’ subjects. To cut a long story short, I quit in the first three months and I re-applied to study something ‘nontraditional’ I was passionate about. I wasted a lot of time and money on something that i knew wasn’t right for me, but I still left. And I cannot begin to explain how happy I am that I did. I know so many of my fellow students who did a subject that had no interest in, but didn’t have the guts to leave, who live in regret. Education isn’t cheap so be sure you are on the right track.
I quit my job – I have written about this previously here. Straight out of college I got a very good job, for a very good brand on very good money. But there was one problem… I hated it, I hated it so much it made me so miserable for the whole 2 years I was there, I used to cry in my lunch break and I dreaded each working day. One day I handed in my notice, I’d had enough and it was one of – if not the – best decision I have ever made. Always chose the love of yourself and life over fear.
I quit my relationship – I have quit many relationships, in fact I have decided to end all of the relationships I have been in. Not to brag – but I have never actually been ‘dumped’. It’s always been my decision – as hard and heartbreaking as it was – to leave. And although it never gets easier, know there is power in realising your worth. I have no regrets and find pride in my strength, the only thing I wish for is that I had ended them sooner.
In all of the situations above, I could have continued going against my instincts; it would have been easier to sail along, ignoring my unhappiness for a few more years instead of stepping out into the world without a job, or a boyfriend or a university course. But I knew in my gut that the situation wasn’t right for me, and that I needed something new. And every single time I have quit it has brought me so much more happiness.
Sometimes you feel in your gut that the path you thought you were meant to take is wrong for you. It takes a lot of courage to admit that, even to yourself, let alone to the rest of the world. The truth is, people who quit have strength. The strength to fight for what they know is right for them and to respect themselves enough to walk away. I bow down to you if you have ever walked away from something that no longer serves you. It takes some serious guts.