I’M A FREE WOMAN
This week I worked my last shift at my retail job of 6 years.
I walked away from the comfort of constant and reliable income, to focus on the thing that I’m infinitely passionate about.. Travel, sustainability and writing.
At the young age of 16, I applied for my first job at a local Pharmacy, which I was of course very nervous about. I quickly discovered the patience involved in working in retail, the exhausting hours of holiday seasons, and the importance of punctuation and mannerism.
For the first 4 years, I really did enjoy it. The friendships, the easy income and close location made going to work a simple way to grow into a self-functioning adult. But as I began to learn what I really wanted in life, the enjoyment of simply coming to work, turned into a way to simply fund my travels.
Every moment at my job was not because I loved it, but because I had no other option if I wanted to do what I really loved. I found myself constantly thinking about where I was going next, what I was writing next, and the things I wanted to achieve next.
Going to work slowly became a chore that made me upset, frustrated and draining. The 9-5 lifestyle in itself was eventually becoming something that I loathed; the easy money and close location was no longer something that I cherished, even if that meant constant income.
But I stuck it out until the time was right, and look… Now I’m here!
I am so thankful for the 6 long years I spent in retail. It grew my social skills, my patience and my baby steps into adulthood. I learnt so much throughout my time and made friends that I’ll always cherish, but now it’s time to move on to much bigger and better things.
My head-space is the strongest it’s ever been. My mind is open, my heart is happy and I’m ready to work hard.
It’s a really scary thought to walk away from comfort and stability. But I guess the message is, don’t ever be scared to sacrifice your comfort for the things you’ve always wanted.
I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to try in this field and to potentially work for myself.
4 years ago, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be. If you had told me years ago that I would be writing my own blog and experiencing new cultures, I would have never believed you.
I’m a firm believer in always striving for the things you want in life, otherwise, they’ll slip right through your fingers. You really never know where life is going to take you, and that’s a beautiful thing.
“If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want will be the sacrifice”
So what’s next for me…
Fiji of course!
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