As humans we are conditioned with the notion that quitting is bad! As the saying goes”winners never quit”? Well, quitting can sometimes be the best thing to do!
I very recently quit my job, and not for the reasons one might think. I was very happy, quite successful and steadily climbing the corporate ladder right to the top. I also did not quit because I was offered a more lucrative position at a rival company. I quit because I needed a fresh start that’s filled with adventure. We are not offered many of these in our lifetime as circumstances just don’t allow this. It’s also very easy to fall into a trap of complacency in ones comfort zone.
My wife and I took a long hard look at our life and we realized that we had it pretty good. We both were working hard on our careers and etching out a perfect life in our favourite city in the world, Cape Town. On paper, or rather social media, we had a pretty good deal. We have an amazing flat in one of the best areas of Cape Town, we have great friends and pretty much living the dream. But we wanted more. We wanted adventure! Both my wife and I are born travelers and our shared sense of adventure keeps us going. We knew we had to make a change! And the only way we could do that was to quit our jobs!
As with any great adventure the dream phase is the best part as the possibilities are endless. Before long we things started falling into place and our next big adventure took shape. The first thing we had to do was to decide on a date. We decided that September 2016 would be the best time to go for it. So, we just quit!
Our big plan sees us packing up our life in our beloved Cape Town, selling all of our possessions including our cars and renting out our flat. Come September we will be boarding a plane bound for Paris where we will explore Europe for about 7 weeks. We will also attempt to finish the Camino de Santiago, walking 800 kilometers from Saint Jean Pier de Port in France across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostella. From there we will make our way to the Vietnam and teach English and travel as we go.
More adventures to follow, watch this space!