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Reinvention Calls: I Quit My Job During the Quarantine

So much has been happening throughout the world during the past few months with the emergence of the novel Coronavirus or COVID-19. Most of the states have been under a government-issued stay home order and countless business have had to shut down or severely reduce their work force. This has resulted in countless people having lost their jobs and means of income.

So why would anyone in their right mind choose to leave their full-time job when so many people have had their jobs taken away? Honestly, I'm not even sure I can answer that question. To start, I'll say that its something that I felt I needed to do.

For the past 4 years, my career has taken a huge deviation from the broadcast radio passion that I discovered during my time at my #almamater of #AppalachianStateUniversity. I had spent most of my college career in the mindset of no direction. When I finally discovered my love of broadcast radio, I was able to start seeing a future to strive for.

For 3 of those years, I worked at iHeartMedia. What started out as a hopeful and optimistic time believing that I could earn the trust and favor of someone who could see me as the skilled asset that I am, in no time at all, became a stagnant and stifling existence stuck in a role that not only didn't draw on ANY of my skill, but also dashed an hope I had that the company would ever see me as capable. On top of this, I also had a ridiculous non-compete agreement that I'd have to endure should I choose to leave the company.

Moving into February of this year (2020), I felt the need to pull myself away from this latest work and take time to myself to rediscover and redetermine my OWN work. Considering the way the world is at the moment and how uncertain the rest of this year is going to be, my feeling of need to rediscover me didn't subside.

The emotions and thought wrestled within me for weeks, but I knew what I had to do. On Friday, April 17th, 2020, I decided to turn in my two-weeks notice to my boss.

Crazy?!?!.....Yeah, pretty damn crazy!

I'm writing during the weekend following and I am not overcome by any particular emotion. I don't know if this is because I'm still 2 weeks away from my final day at work and have yet to experience that pure freedom that I'm anticipating, or because I haven't full realized that situation that I've placed myself into.

But in all honestly, I'm not worried. This wasn't a random spontaneous choice. I didn't toss a coin. I didn't ask the all-knowing #magic8ball. I considered my place in my own life and the place where I envison my future to be. I see it.

I can even feel it. The happiness. The freedom. The accomplishment. Its there...waiting for me to find it. Its not something that will appear with only a fraction of my attention and energy. Its something that requires ALL OF ME. And I know its time for me to give it my all. The world my have been knocked down, but I truly intend to stand taller than I ever have before.

So there it is.....The journey begins.

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