A significant period of my life has come to an end. After 11 years in the corporate rat race, I have resigned from my position.
This has been a long time coming.
Regular readers may be aware of how stressful things have been for me since February 2018. The disruption in my personal life has resulted in performance issues at work. Instead of receiving support from management, I have been made to feel like a failure and the workplace environment has become increasingly toxic.
The situation deteriorated so much that last month I made the decision to leave and focus on my family.
During my final team meeting, my team members and I exchanged some parting gifts. I was glad to be able to share this moment with them – from the start I’ve always wanted to take care of my team. I genuinely feel richer for having known them. They left me this little treat.
They also wrote some heart-warming messages… A touching reminder that I am not the failure the managers have made me feel like.
My exit interview was probably the most important interview of my life – I’m really glad I got the opportunity to clear the air in an official capacity.
Afterwards, I went out with some close colleagues, which was a nice way to round off the day.
The best part is how my life suddenly feels like a window has been opened to allow a gust of fresh air to blow in.
For the next few months, I will be a stay-at-home father. No longer will I have numerical targets weighing heavily on my mind. No longer will I leave my son upset by going to work in the morning.
Crucially, I will available round the clock to care for our new baby… because my wife and I are expecting baby number two! 😀
I genuinely can’t wait!
When my son Zack was born, sleep deprivation was especially worrying because of the work targets I had to achieve the following day. But with our second child, I’ll be a full-time dad, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
That idea actively excites me.
Work on the house is going well and I can say with some confidence it’ll finally be ready by the time our newest family member arrives.
It has been a long hard 16 months since we moved to our new home, but the future is full of promise and hope ❤
I look forward to meeting it.