Project 365: Day 21 – Exit

by matt on March 12, 2010

Day 21: ExitIt’s been a long week at work.  It seems that there are always so many other things that I would rather be doing than sitting in a drab cubicle watching the clock slowly tick by.  To make matters even worse this ‘Exit’ sign is placed right in front of my cubicle as if to mock me day after day. 

Or maybe it is offering me advice to make my exit now while I am young and able to enjoy a taste of freedom from the confines of the fabric covered walls that box me in?  “Break free and live your passion” it says.

Recently there have been a few things bothering me.  A few things on my mind that keep playing out day after day.  Why do I keep doing things that don’t make me happy; that don’t leave me feeling fulfilled at the end of the day?

The other day I was reading a post on one of my favorite blogs (Chris Guillebeau – The Art of Non-Conformity) where he talked about interviewing yourself.  Chris says to start out like this:

Dear self, you are x years old. What do you have to show for it? Are you living the dream?

What a thought provoking way to root out what is going on in your life, providing you are able to actually sit down and be brutally honest with yourself.  Chris also poses the classic question of “If you had one year left to live, how would you spend it?”  I can guarantee you it wouldn’t be sitting in a cubicle staring at a computer screen.  But this begs another question.  If I wouldn’t be sitting in a cubicle under those circumstances why do I continue to do so now?  Something to think about. 

I would encourage you to read Chris’s post and schedule a conversation with yourself.  You may discover that it’s time to find an exit to an exciting new chapter in your life.   I’m planning my own interview soon.

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