#2 A new beginning
September 14, 2016
It’s been a month and a half since I said farewell to my job as a manufacturing engineer and boarded a plane headed to Athens, Greece. I’m now back in Los Angeles. I could write for hours about the details of my trip, but I'll save that for another day. For now, I’ll just say it was a truly revitalizing experience.
I’ve only been in L.A. for 3 days, but I’m already back to a pretty simple routine of lifting weights and being an internet junkie. Abnormally, I played tennis this morning. It’s been a while, but I still have the muscle memory from when I used to play competitively. I’d like to play more regularly since tennis is more fun the gym. Anyways, the elephant in the room still needs to be addressed and that is the fact that I’m jobless.
Hitting the reset button
The decision to leave my job was not an easy one and was only settled on after much deliberation. One reason was because it was becoming just a paycheck. After 2.5 years of manufacturing cables, my role became repetitive, unfulfilling, and I hadn’t learned anything interesting in a long time. The skills that I actually wanted to learn included things like web development, advanced graphic design, and entrepreneurship. Another reason was time. I didn’t have enough hours in the day to have a full time day job, while being able to work out regularly and truly learn the skills that I really cared about. It was hard for people to understand why I would leave a comfortable job without a solid backup plan, but I felt it was something that I had to do for my own personal growth.
It was by design to fly to Greece on the last day of my job. Aside from having always wanted to explore various parts of Europe, I wanted the trip to help me clear my head and serve as a hard reset on my limited view of the world. I knew that every time I’ve made a big life change in the past, whether it be starting something new or ending something old, it was an incredibly exciting time. This time it was no different, and I truly believe that not having a job to come back to added an element of lighthearted mindfulness to my trip that would not have been there otherwise.
What’s the plan now?
Now’s the perfect time for me to focus on the things that I love doing and the things that I've always wanted to do. The big thing at the top of my "want to do" list is "learn to code and build a mobile app", so it looks like its finally time to learn some coding. That's a huge endeavor in itself, but aside from that, I’ll also be putting more time into a couple ways that I've been starting to make some income on the side. I get into that next.