I did something that I am proud of today.
I wrote my resignation letter and I sent it to my boss. My hands were shaking and it took me ages to finally press the “SEND” button. Two hours to be precise.
I was so scared to resign from a job I did not even enjoy. But then I told myself: what do I have to lose?
Nothing. And that’s the point.
The big dive into the great unknown. That’s what got me scared. But only for a minute. I’ve already experienced the leap of faith when I left everything behind me in France to move to Australia. The only things that I had were a free mind and a big backpack.
4 years later, here I am, living a comfortable life in Auckland NZ, doing some marketing for an international company. Comfortable but boring. I’ve started to remember the reason why I left my home country 4 years ago. I wanted to chase my dreams and experience as many things as I could. I wanted to explore the world and embrace the great opportunities that would fall on my path. After all, what is the point of your life when all the golden lands ahead of you and all kinds of unforeseen events wait to lurk to surprise you?
So I seized it. The great opportunity. Like a wish that has found its shooting star.
I am going to be a teacher in a primary school in Fuzhou, China. I will be teaching English and art to little Chinese children. I will adapt myself to a new culture and environment. I will learn Mandarin and will live my life like a proper local, getting a fresh pair of eyes in a part of the world I have never explored yet.
I intend to do what makes me feel alive and happy. Challenging myself. Again and again. I need to fulfil my passion and aspirations. I need to make my dreams come true. Dreaming is lovely but taking action towards your dreams is the key!
Following my heart and trusting my instincts have paid off so far. We only live once, so why bother with details and futility? Why live a life we are not fully happy with? I feel lucky to have set my mind free. I am scared just enough to push myself and feel the excitement more than the fear.
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Henry David Thoreau