In some previous articles I made reference to working in radio. It’s an atmosphere that changes almost on a daily basis. I love it, and wouldn’t change it for the world. And luckily, I was recently offered a position at a different radio station than where I had been working. Of course, I accepted. The problem was, it meant leaving the station I’d worked at for six years.
It was difficult. I gave my notice, exchanged personal contact information with several people, and awaited my last shift. Finally it rolled around, and seemed extremely surreal. “Do I really want to leave this place? Am I making the right decision? My roots are here,” I was thinking. I was afraid.
Of course everyone at my former station was happy and excited for me to continue my career path. They offered their advice, they offered their well-wishes, and made sure that I knew the door there is always open. I didn’t leave on bad terms at all, because burning bridges in such a narrow job field would be the last thing I’d want to do.
This will seem somewhat redundant when compared to an older article I wrote about conquering your fear. In a way, you could probably argue this is just a recycled post related to that message. You’d probably be right.
Leaving a familiar place can be tough, especially when that place was the warm beginning of your hopeful career path. Maybe you went to college somewhere far away from home, then after four years you had to go back. Or maybe it’s the opposite – you were afraid to go off to college somewhere far from home, but you did it anyway, because you thought it was the right thing to do. No matter how it turned out, you still have something like that to thank for countless experiences and memories that you will take with you to the grave (not to get all morbid or anything…)
Stepping outside your comfort zone will be the best thing you could do for yourself. Consider your life a book, and when you leave a familiar place you’ve just started another chapter. Or, if you’re like me, consider your life a video game…you’re on a new quest to get to that happy ending where you live happily-ever-after with a princess named after a piece of fruit.