It all Begins with Quitting

The other day I was listening to an archive of  This American Life and the topic was quitting. The first story was about a woman, Evan Harris, who wanted to quit everything. Quit her job, her city, her boyfriend, everything, but she didn’t know how to go about it. One day while at work she was alphabetizing files with a co-worker they began talking about the letter Q. Evan felt it was a misplaced letter in the alphabet and, oddly, that was the moment her life changed. I wont say more- you really should go listen to it for yourself, but I have decided that I love this woman. The fact that she felt that the letter q was in the wrong place is enough to fall in love, but her philosophy on quitting sealed the deal. She had created a zine which I’m not too sure if is still in circulation, but I’ve decided to hit up the IPRC on Monday and check out their zine library to see if they have the Quitters Quarterly, and find out what it’s all about. Speaking of quitting I have set my final work date and it’s so close, yet so far. Right now I think I NEED to read the Quitters Quarterly.

A friend of mine had been talking to me about his need to get rid of things, he wanted to take things away from his life. As he told it he felt like maybe this wasn’t a good thing as he continues to see all these people adding things. I agree with the first half of his thoughts. I think the taking away is exactly what I’m looking for the whole, less is more theory. I’m seeing things like taking away, quitting, and cleaning it all out as very good things. But this is all hard things to do. Even when you feel like you have cleansed or quit or moved on sometimes all the things you had been trying to shed creep up back on you.

My last day with the software company Jive is September 15th, 2008. So as of today I begin my count down to what I call my writer’s world. 49 days till writers world. My idea is that on the 15th of September I wake up and start my new day at my new job of being a writer. Till then there are little things I need to clear out of the way to simplify my mind. One is the studio, I need to clean it out. I’m quitting a full-time job, one of the best pays I’ve ever had, and I’m working toward convincing myself it’s all a great idea. That everything is going to work out.

Everything is going to work out.

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One thought on “It all Begins with Quitting

  1. leta1950

    Reblogged this on An Accidental Vagabond and commented:

    The tag line of The Accidental Vagabond is how did I get here. When I wrote that I was just looking for a quick note to express something about the title, but now that I think about it, “How did I get here is a perfect tag. That’s really what this blog is a about a long, journey to… I still don’t know. There are these moments in out life when things are spinning and we ask ourselves, when we reflect on our life and we think how did this happen? Those of us who journal have the advantage to look back (if we bother to) and actually see the path we took. This blog which started ten years ago serves exactly that purpose. Here I am now, living in South Korea, teaching English, living with my boyfriend, and planning a future with him that I hope involves writing and travel. So how exactly did I end up in an Asian country that I never actually thought about visiting, teaching English? What happened to acting, to writing, to “the novel”, or the first book that so many of these earlier posts are about, what happened. How did I get here. Well it all begins with this post about quitting. I was working for Jive software a collaboration software development company, and I could have stayed there and maybe worked my way into an other department (I was the front desk) and made some decent money. Yet, I had decided to quit, and write a book. In retrospect, I still am not convinced I was super smart about the decision, but there were also other factors in play.
    The thing is this point in time, this decision put me where I am right now, right at this very moment. I’m sitting in Itaewon, in Seoul. I have about an hour to getting ready before heading to work. In Seoul. In South Korea. I can hear the birds chirping outside, and the men working construction on an apartment a few winding blocks away. All of this is occurring at this moment because I quit my job at Jive software ten years ago. That’s the life is a series of events set off by a serious of decisions and choices.
    I had seen some posts on Facebook from some old Jive co-workers that Jive had been acquired by another company. I can play in my mind a little about what life would have been like for me if I had stayed, but then again, it doesn’t really matter because this is where I am right now

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