Getting up after a bad night sleep. Having breakfast and trying not to think about what is coming in the next hours. Watching the morning news to get my mind off the same thought that hasn’t left me since the night before.
Nothing can calm me down: feeling nervous, anxious and excited at the same time.
Today mine and Dale’s life is about to change for real. No more dreaming only, it is going to happen! We have to make it real!
So… Here I am at work.
Come on Franca! Take a deep breath, grab the letter written and signed the night before and do it!
It’s now official, no more secrets, I quit my job as product manager to travel the world (or at least part of it! ehehheh).
It’s not been an easy decision. After having found a steady job and started building a career, what do I do? Leave everything to follow the dream of a lifetime.
It felt good seeing people at work sad to see me go and happy for my choice at the same time.
My manager has been really understanding which it made things easier and smoother.
From my colleagues’ reactions I could tell I will be missed and I left something to the people I worked with, believe it or not, that’s a not bad feeling at all.
Of course somebody else will take my place, but it’s nice to know I won’t be forgotten, on the contrary, I will probably be remembered like the “crazy” Italian who left to travel the world.
I am not the first to do such a thing, I know that, but it’s certainly the first time for me to be in such position, and guess what? I LOVE IT!
Anyway, no looking back! IT’S DONE! One more month and me and Dale will be free to go.
The philosophy behind my choice
Once I read somewhere that you don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to, you need to set your own rules.
I am not suggesting that people escape work altogether. Not at all. People should work well at something they love, something they are passion about. The difficult bit is to define what you want out of your life — and then live it.
But setting your own rules will usually bring some challenges, sacrifices, the need to overcome fears and to ignore dissents.
I know what I want right now. It might change in the future, I might get tired of the new path I am about to take, but for now this is what I really want to do.
I know it will not always be easy, there will be more difficult choices to make along the way, but I am positive it will be worth it!