7th Dec 21 – Everyone has their opinion

One of the hardest parts about handing in my notice was my fear of judgement.

“He’s leaving a well-paid corporate job – what an idiot.”

“He’s going to use up all his savings, what is he thinking?”

“He doesn’t have any work lined up for when he leaves, what world is he living in?”

“He’s going to do some travelling, is he not aware of COVID-19?”

“When the opinions of others do not matter, you have truly mastered yourself”

However, I eventually managed to overcome all of that and handed in my letter of resignation.

The fear of judgement hasn’t ceased – and sadly, either has the judgement.

Three months on from leaving my job, the opinions are starting to creep in from family members.

“Have you thought about what you’re going to do?”

“You should probably start thinking about getting back into work again.”

“You’ll get out of the habit of working, and it’ll be a struggle to get it back again.”

“I know someone who left their job and they were never the same again; eventually they ended up homeless.”

“You can’t do this forever you know.”

“Care about people’s approval, and you will always be their prisoner.”

Lao Tzu

This journey is tough enough – this just makes it harder. I have to continue to believe in myself – believing that I’ll figure it out and make something of myself. As the chaos surrounds me, I need to remain calm and continue the process. All I can do is minimise the time I spend around those who put me in a negative state – but this is not easy when these are people I love.

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