I’ve been thinking a lot recently about quitting. The other night, I pulled out my sketch pad and wrote down the word “quit”. I followed by surrounding the written word with a collection of other words and phrases that I associate with the word quit.
Stop, Cessation, End, Change, Power, Determination, Value, Worth,
I paused to reflect on these words. I thought about these words collectively and then went back to “quitting.” I wondered why we have decided that being a quitter is associated with qualities of being weak, a coward, lazy, unmotivated, etc. In reality, quitting something is an act of power.
I’m a believe in systems. I believe that this world is chock-full of countless of systems, many yet undiscovered that fit our souls very differently. I think that certain systems may light someone’s fire while the other may be a metaphorical fire-hydrant.
Quitting SOmething Is A Proclamation Of your Value
You are worth something. You have enough personal worth where you have the option to decide if a something impacting your life is something worth continuing. I see so many peers of mine let their surroundings control their happiness in which they remain in to ultimately please someone else. If something is taking the energy away from being your true you, it is more than okay to remove that part of your life to focus on the things that will illuminate your soul in a more radiant light.
you’re not bound to a contract, are you?
Many of the elements of life that are thrown our way are not contract-bound. Are you in a job where you spend your morning commute in complete agony requiring personal pep-talks?(Trust me, I’ve been there.) Are you in a relationship that requires you to stay quiet? Are you attending University to please your parents?
While yes, many of these do have financial incentives, we have the beauty of being able to put in your “two weeks”, not signing up for classes the following semester, and a paper and pen to write your breakup letter. You cannot live a life that expects you to work without a contract. If the case that you are under contract, I would hire a lawyer.
I wish we all had it figured out on day one
Life would be incredibly easy and also extremely boring if we just made decision after decision without changing our course of life. I believe that life at any point contains an optimal fork-in-the-road we are always available to take if we want to yell “uncle”. What decisions you have made in your past may have felt like the best decision on day one. It’s okay to tell yourself that it is time to change from your original plan.
Quitting is not a sign of weakness.
Quitting is a sign of strength. How many times have you associated the word “quitting” with a negative connotation? How about focusing on quitting the negative forces in your life. Strength is quitting school because you don’t want to be bound to a career for your life. Strength is quitting a smoking addiction because you want to save your life. Strength is quitting a relationship where you began to compromise yourself to compliment someone else. Quitting is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of strength.
I also believe in endurance
Quitting something to better your life is not to be confused with endurance. Life is not a walk in the park at times and there will be times that your decisions may not have felt like the best option and you do want to quit. I believe you should endure your situation in which your soul will speak to you and tell you whether or not something is worth continuing.
Quitting something is noting your value in this world. We spend our entire life making decisions and if we had every single thing figured out, life would seem flavorless without curveballs to be thrown our way. Do not allow yourself to feel bound to any part of your life regardless of your age. Life is full of options, even after you’ve began to travel down a certain path, there will always be a diversion available when you are ready to make that next choice.
The world is waiting for you. Be bold.