I joined the great resignation about a month ago. I wish I could tell you that I made a powerful and chaotic exit where I tossed my papers in the air and said, “FUCK IT,” but I didn’t. I went about it in the traditional way and handed in my two weeks notice. I walked straight into the director’s office and handed her the letter and told her I’d be moving on t0 other opportunities.
The department I was working for had a huge turnover rate and I was one of 10 employees who had quit within some months. Every time I would walk into that office, I would expect to hear the news that someone else had quit. More often than not, I did. This was with reason as the department was an incredibly toxic environment with supervisors who didn’t give a crap about the department or their employees. I was often left to do a lot of the work because of the laziness and lack of support from my supervisors.
To make matters worse, the pay was absolutely atrocious for the amount of work I was asked to do. Some of it wasn’t even on my job description. When I did ask for a raise, I was given some bullshit answer as to why my fellow employees and I couldn’t get a raise even though all of the higher ups had gotten two or more raises. I realized then that all of the stress and mental drain that I had been experiencing for years at this job was not worth it. I realized that my mental health and physical well-being was worth a million times more than any job.
Putting in my two weeks was such a liberating experience because I did it without having another job lined up. I just went for it without caring about when I would get a new position. I needed some time for me and I was going to take it. Somehow, I knew I would be okay and I wasn’t worried about landing a new position.
A NEW JOB
It’s funny how God works because a recruiter actually reached out to me about a new position after I quit my last job and I GOT THE JOB. It’s a fully remote position, as well, which I am so thankful for. There is nothing worse than sitting in an office all day and I don’t have to do that anymore. I start next Monday and I am excited about this new chapter in my life.
I have been using the time between both positions to relax and to absolutely nothing. I have caught up on my shows, read a couple books, and hung out with some friends. It has been such a fun, relaxing time and definitely deserved as my stress levels were through the roof. We are often taught to be on the go and to do as much as possible, so doing the complete opposite has been a true eye-opener.
SOME FINAL THOUGHTS
No job is worth your sanity and sometimes you just have to take the risk and walkaway. Normally, people play it safe and wait to land a new job before quitting, but I didn’t do that. I just decided to go for it and it’s the best decision I ever made. I don’t have to settle for a crappy job or stay because I don’t have something lined up. Sometimes the best thing you can do is leave because you never know what could come next and more often than not, it’s something way better. You just have to have a little faith.