This career break needs a list – Maybe a Top 10 list. I feel compelled to remember why I’m going to take this step so I don’t look back and have regrets. If I write it down now, I can come back and remember what I was thinking….make sure I didn’t make a rush decision, and realize later that I’ve really thought this out.
Here it goes:
- To be able to consider other career options
- To spend more time with my family – a few family sicknesses and we need a break
- To take a true break. Even on vacations we don’t take a break in this family….it’s always GO!
- Do something more altruistic
- Not work a full time schedule for a while
- Enjoy the lake property we own
- Not feel rushed to squeeze everything in
- Get flexible – yoga anyone?
- Stay in touch with friends
- Enjoy the outdoors more
General concerns I have:
- What if I get all this time, and I’m bored?
- What if I look back at some point and realize I just limited my options?
- What if I realize I had it made all the time, and I just needed a small break to recharge?
None of these are new. I’ve thought of this over the last couple years, almost to the point that I’m getting boring. I don’t want to be a broken record about the whole thing. I guess I’ve been waiting for that ONE LAST THING that told me I was going to take a break. Or that next level of my family’s savings to reach towards. Surely that ONE LAST THING would happen, and I would have clarity that all was good, the timing was perfect, and now was the time. Waiting. There isn’t going to be a perfect time.
So I’ve decided I’m going to try to put a very positive spin on my thinking. Instead of constantly thinking of all the things that will go wrong, I need to think of all the reasons this is right. I have to admit this list was influenced by my husband. Where I called out concerns, he put on the happy spin.
- This is not bad, it’s good
- I now have time to figure out the next 20 years, spending time doing what I love
- People won’t judge – they will want to do the same thing.
- I’m not limiting my choices, I’m actually opening up all possibility
- I now have the flexibility. Time to take it.
- Don’t worry about the money. We planned for this.
- Take the time to learn a transferable skill that builds for the future
- Take the time now to take care of someone in need
- Stop overthinking everything
- You’re fortunate to be where you are.
Time to get going.