Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head

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Remem­ber that song? The cho­rus has been ring­ing in my head over and over again this week. Sure it’s rain­ing in South Florida today: it’s rainy sea­son; but that has noth­ing to do with why I can hear BJ Thomas singing in my ears “…I’m free, noth­ing wor­ry­ing me!”

This week I gave my res­ig­na­tion let­ter to a job that I had been either work­ing on, or asso­ci­ated with, for the last ten years. In that time I’ve grown from a young man into a father and a hus­band. The job has been a tremen­dous bless­ing in my life and I have noth­ing neg­a­tive to say about it or the staff. They will always have a spe­cial place in my heart.

But in the last few months I real­ized that I had reached my max­i­mum capac­ity there.  There was noth­ing more I could offer them in the pro­fes­sional envi­ron­ment they fos­tered, nor was there any­thing more I could learn from them. My pro­fes­sional career was stag­nant. I was hold­ing on to it because the econ­omy is so ter­ri­ble, jobs are hard to find, and I have a fam­ily to take care of. But in many respects, and for those very rea­sons, I felt trapped.

Have you ever wished for some­one to come along and whisk you away into a brand new life? Wait­ing for a dream job or the man or woman of your dreams to enter and take you away is just that: a dream. That’s how I started to feel. But if we aren’t care­ful life will pass us by and we would look up and real­ize that we had been com­pla­cent; wish­ing we could break free or that some­one would come and res­cue us. That’s when I real­ized I would have to res­cue myself.

I turned in my res­ig­na­tion let­ter this week with­out another job in my hand. As crazy as it may sound in this econ­omy, I can’t accept that my life has to be at a stand­still because jobs are hard to find. Life is pass­ing us by while we “play it safe.” Peo­ple who are doing great things are doing them in their twen­ties, thir­ties, and pos­si­bly their for­ties. There’s no time to sit back com­fort­ably if you know you have some­thing more to give the world. 

The point is we don’t have time to wait for some­one to come and res­cue us: we have to res­cue our­selves. If you have a dream, pur­sue it. If you want to change careers, do it now! If you want your life to go in a dif­fer­ent direc­tion, don’t wait for a dream, cre­ate your own.

Wisdom has its place. I’m no fool. I was able to leave my job because we had enough funds to sus­tain our fam­ily for months to come. I’m deter­mined to set my career and my life in the direc­tion that I choose. Already there are sev­eral oppor­tu­ni­ties lined up for me. I’m not sure I would have found these oppor­tu­ni­ties while I worked where I was. Leav­ing gave me the time I needed to be at the right place and meet the right peo­ple. It allowed me to become avail­able for more and gave me time to focus on my PhD the way it requires. I digress.

It’s easy to stay some­where sim­ply because it’s com­fort­able. But life is sim­ply too short to be trapped in the com­pla­cency of com­fort. Start repo­si­tion­ing your­self now. Save your money so you can have options. Con­tinue your edu­ca­tion so you can move for­ward in the direc­tion that you choose. But most of all don’t wait for some­one to come and res­cue you: res­cue your­self. Set your­self free.

And when you finally break free, all you will be able to hear is BJ Thomas singing:

Rain­drops keep falling on my head, but that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turn­ing red…Because I’m free, noth­ing wor­ry­ing me.”

Best of Luck to You!

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  1. S. Oliver G. 10/19/2011, 1:07 pm:

    So young with so much wis­dom! Talk with you very soon.

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