Ever since I made the decision to travel I’ve been dreading the day I had to tell work I was leaving. Perhaps if this had not been my one and only full time job since shrugging off my student lifestyle and budget, it would have been different. All I knew, I was as nervous about this day as I had been when I was sitting in the back seat of my old car trying to unfasten her… oh you get point.
Now most people would stroll to the managers office shut the door and speak their peace… not for me. Had I known what was going to unveil itself today I would have given notice last week hell I’d have done it last year.
You see it just so happened that the particular day I chose to give my notice at work was the very same day the owner had decided to come in for a meeting. Not just any meeting, a meeting that is to guide the business for the foreseeable future with new goals and financial incentives for everyone.
Somewhere around the “I’ve got a great team to help me achieve this” and “if things go well I want to make you all partners” that I really really wished I wasn’t there. I wished that when he stopped speaking I didn’t have to throw a monkey wrench into the most well thought out and inspiring meeting I’ve had there for the last 6 years.
Alas if I didn’t grow a pair and speak now when was I going too? next week, next month? So after the discussion stopped and the manager asked me what I was thinking, I broke the news they didn’t want to hear… I’m leaving.
The owner looked at me, the manager was surprised but knew it was coming as I’ve been eluding to leaving and traveling for awhile and my other work mate, well he was slowly burning a hole in my head with his eyes from the other side of the office. So it went well your thinking.
I explained my reasons for leaving (not that I really needed too) and we moved onto discussing what sort of replacement we would hire and the role changes that would need to happen. I had finally taken a major step forward in my travel plans and I walked out of work at knock off time with a smile from ear to ear, finally having conquered my fear of telling my work mates.
Now as I sit here writing this post at 2am (who sleeps after defining that your trip is really happening) thinking over today’s proceedings I know I’m going to miss my work and my clients. Working for such a small company allowed me to make my work colleagues into friends.
In saying that I also know that I’m turning a page in my life book and that an even better paragraph is waiting to be written.
So stay tuned folks this little Aussie is really going to travel the world.