While still laying in bed early this morning – January 1st – I realized that I would be working on yet another statutory holiday. This shouldn’t have come as a surprise since I work every holiday except Christmas Day. But this one felt different. After years of contemplating a career break at some point in the distant future, it was beginning to sink in that 2013 – THIS YEAR – will be a year of great change if I am to hit the road in 2014.
It’s still not too late to call the whole thing off, I caught myself thinking. No, I protested, it’s really going to happen. I’m going to make it happen. This will be the year that I make a number of irrevocable decisions that will result in a career break in 2014.
Before I crawled out from under the cozy duvet, I grabbed my phone and scrolled through a long list of New Year’s greetings on Facebook. One that struck me as particularly poignant was posted by an industry colleague, Kathy Wade.
Kathy wrote, “Happy New Year! May it be your best yet!” She closed with a quote from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
I realized that Kathy probably didn’t have me in mind when she posted this, but it hit home just the same. There’s no turning back now. 2013 will be the year that I break the news to family and friends, work colleagues, my employer, landlord and cats.
Thank-you for that final push, Kathy, and of course Mr. Twain. Beginning today, I am counting my days in the safe harbour.