The weather has been so fickle today: the skies turned grey and dumped a truckload of rain on us, and I buttoned my jacket and rubbed my hands together for warmth. And then suddenly, the torrential rain stopped and the sun chased away the clouds. We are bathed in its glorious, golden light once again.
It reminded me, once again, of the school anthem of my beloved alma mater. After the sun, the rain. After the rain, the sun.
And that’s how it is, that’s how Life is. A new day, a new beginning.
As I serve out the last two weeks of my employment, I am grateful for the support of my wonderful boss. The workload has been light these days. The agency has been kind to me, really, it has, in comparison to some of my colleagues. One of the agency’s strengths is in its training programmes and I have learnt so much in my 2.5 years here. My stint here was a step towards greater things and I leave knowing that I have done my best, that my boss believes in me.
Despite all that frustration and anger in dealing with the messy politics, I leave with a lighter heart.
And so I begin my journey out of the corporate world. Yes, it entails a hefty pay cut. Yes, I am giving up my career. Yes, I know that I will never be able to chase the material dream again. Yes, I get apprehensive at times, wondering if I will be good at what I am going to do. Yes, I will be throwing myself out of the comfort zone and into a whole new world.
But you know what, I am completely comfortable with my decision. The pay cut doesn’t even bother me as much as I thought it would. I’ve never been one to hanker after the top of the ladder and my ambition in life is to be happy at what I do. Not much of an ambition, is it?
Thankfully, I am getting heaps and heaps of reassurance from the girlfriends who are in the same industry. And really, what would I do without them? I would never have gotten the courage to take the leap if it hadn’t been for them.
So yes, the rain has stopped and the sun is out. I’m ready for a fresh, new start. Wish me luck!
10 thoughts on “The sun is out”
In whatever path u choose as long as u are happy… money cannot buy happiness… Congrats and enjoy the freedom..
Here’s to new beginnings babe.. Follow your heart and that will lead you to the true path of happiness! 🙂 Can’t wait to read about the new adventures…
I love your philosophy of being happy at what you do….it’s mine too 🙂 Office politics was sooo not for me and it’s nice to hear you have a supportive boss who wishes you well…so rare. I am more than certain you’ll do wonderfully following your heart 🙂 I can’t stress enough what an amazing writer you are.
Your new start sounds a lot more fun actually. 🙂
I can already imagine the number of young secret admirers you’ll be getting!
Thank you all! I hope I’ll be good at what I do. 😛
Good luck and all the very best!
When you told me what you were going to do, I KNEW you were going to be FANTABULOUS in your new role! I can just see it!! Really excited for you in the new phase of your life! One of the very best things that can happen to one is to be happy whilst at work and to find true meaning whilst making ends meet.
All the best and enjoy the ride!
Aww R – you’re too kind. So glad I had the chance to catch up with you!
Yann, how exciting! I’m sure you will have the time of your life and it will create an interesting chapter in your life. Kudos to you for courageously putting everything down and embarking on this new route! Lately I have been quite bogged down by office politics as well and sometimes just wish I can run away from everything. 😦
Am curious to what it is about – reveal when it is a good time to do so!
Joy, it should be quite an interesting experience. 🙂 No lah, not brave, just tired. How’s the “new” role at work (you moved last year?)? You should do something related to baking, you are such a genius at that! 🙂 Hope things work out for you at work.