I quit my job. A job of 11months. A job which paid for my shopping bills, my food cravings, my parties and my savings. I could have easily continued with it and it would have kept my pockets full and my parents happy. But I gave it up.
Initially when I joined, I was happy with the work, with the kind of people I met and the fact that I was serving people who couldn’t afford expensive dental treatments. But as time passed, I spent less time on myself, less time on things I loved doing and eagerly waited for the weekends to dance it out and got back to the grind on Monday. It was monotonous. Nothing after that excited me. I was stuck to a full time job which though fulfilled all my needs but couldn’t make me happy. And then I quit.
And people asked me what was next.
After graduation, it was an unspoken rule that I take a post graduate course. But I never did. I did not want to do it. And that led the people around me question my abilities. They thought there was no future if I wouldn’t do post graduation. But that didnt force me to change my decision. And now after almost a year of clinical work, I decided to shift to non clinical.
Yes I have started working for a non clinical dental company which pays me sufficiently. But the best part is I can do what I like. I can go to the movies more often, I can attend fests, I can write more often, I can work on the project that I was planning with a few colleagues since a really long time and I couldn’t do it because of my work timings. And then I can explore. Maybe I won’t be able to buy the things I want, but I can have experiences. Last month, I took a week long vacation. Though it was for work purpose, I travelled outside Pune after a year and a half. That’s when I realised I was dying inside. I had missed going to a new place. I had missed meeting new people. I had missed sitting alone at cafes and bar. I missed the spontaneity and the unexpectancy. And now I can have it all.
Your journey is different. You have to create one. If you succumb to peer pressure and follow others, you will explode one day. So be a little less hard on yourself. Take some time out. You don’t have to torture yourself today for a better tomorrow. You don’t know if there is any tomorrow. So find yourself. Find your calling. And then don’t wait for the magic to happen, but create your magic.
– Meetali Pandit
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