So I continue to go to work as I begin the handover and enter my notice period. It’s a pretty great time, I must admit. The conflict to stay or leave is over, I’ve jumped to the other side of the fence and it feels right.
It’s also allowed me to open up and catch up with so many of my friends and colleagues who are sharing new perspectives on this step I’ve taken.
As I talk to people, I realise that so many want to do the exact same thing I have just begun to do… take the leap and become their own person. But family, kids and loans pretty much kills these thoughts for most of us. And of course, the inertia.
I would’ve never left this job and started to do this if we’d stayed back in Delhi. It was just too darn comfortable. Great brand, great colleagues, great paycheck. It’s just too hard to pull yourself from this cozy life and start off cold… the desire to stay put is overpowering.
In my opinion, thats also one of the biggest reasons people stick around for so long in companies. It’s not really loyalty (though often seen to be), its just the convenience. We get conditioned to that one place of work and design our lives around it. Everything works like clockwork and seriously what else could one ask for. And when all is well, no one usually has the time for existential questions like ‘What on earth am I doing with my life?’
When you do break the inertia though, the ripple effect hits every corner of your existence. From small to big, it forces you to re-look at everything you’ve been taking for granted.
For me, its about rethinking everything from health insurance, mobile phone plans, daycare arrangements for the baby to the larger financial impact of being ‘job-less’. Everything needs to be re-jigged, re-sized and re-ordered.
So I’m desperately trying to tie loose ends and looks like I won’t be done anytime soon. Good thing is that a few call-backs are coming my way and it seems that I may finally get some work to do before I hit the last day at work.
That start-up from Bangalore? They called back and told me they liked my work and that they’d like me to get on board for a longish term. This is my first experience working first hand with a start-up and I’m already loving all the roll-up-your-sleeves action!
I also got a surprise call from a pretty great marketing website (guess which one? :)) who I’d reached out to with my blog. They think it might make for interesting content and I could potentially write a daily guest blog for them! A known NGO where I’d applied a while back has come back with an offer for being a part-time consultant and another friend who’s a product designer wants me to do a product shoot for his website.
Phew! Looks like it’s going to get busy sooner than expected.