1 year ago today...
1 year ago today I took the biggest leap of faith of my life to date.
1 year ago today I finished my last day working in a career I loved, having resigned three months earlier without a plan of ‘what next?’
1 year ago today my ‘someday’ happened, and I took my first steps towards working for myself, instead of working for somebody else.
The story of how that day came to be, followed a series of observations I’d made for over a year before walking away from my corporate career. Some small. Some large. All important. Changes that needed to be made in my life, buttons that needed to be reset, and lost missions rediscovered. And it began with looking back and connecting the dots in what up until that point I had always seen as being my own haphazard career story. An attempt at teaching. A year sharing the stories from my attempts at teaching with others. Nine months mentoring teachers walking in the same shoes that I had two years before them. A realisation that micromanagement was never going to sit well with me. And an exciting new career cut short by a general election leaving me unemployed and uninspired. Until my CV fell into the hands of someone who had seen what I’d missed. My passion for working with, and championing young people. A passion is slowly lost sight of. A light that had gone out. A driver that stopped pushing me.
So I decided to do something about it. To take back control and to throw myself into the deep end and see what happened. Walking away from an 8 year career, one which I had excelled in and become known for wasn’t going to be easy. But it was necessary. I’d become comfortable. Lazy. And worst of all I’d stopped challenging myself.
People tell you working for yourself is hard, and whilst I’d never ignored their words, I’ll admit I hadn’t been prepared for what lay ahead of me. A rollercoaster of ups and downs, self doubt, anxiety, loneliness. But ultimately a happier life. One where I call the shots and reap all the rewards. And that’s why, as you might have noticed, I’m taking the time to celebrate the moments that have mattered in this latest chapter of my life. Because if I don’t celebrate them, then chances are they will go unnoticed.
1 year ago today was not about being forgotten. It was about a new beginning.
1 year ago today was the start of an adventure.
1 year ago today I once again became a man without a plan.
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat.