I quit my job six weeks ago. I like to think it was a job I did well. It was a safe position in what sometimes feels like an uncertain economy. Some might think it was an impulsive move. They might be right. But if there is one thing I’ve learned from the work that I spent seven years doing, it’s that a willingness to say, “What if,” can often lead to a wealth of opportunity. If I didn’t believe that then, I definitely do now.
Six weeks post-impulsive decision, I’m settling into a new life in a new community. Six weeks after beginning to discuss packing up and moving the whole family to Puerto Rico, I’m starting my new job and meeting my new neighbors. There are moments where I think, “Holy crap. Six. Weeks.” It’s not a long time. Seven weeks ago we had no plans to move. We were thinking of the back-to-school shopping lists and wrapping up the summer. Six weeks ago we said, “What if?”
What if we could find someone to rent our house? What if we could live somewhere, even for a short time, where the cost of living is less and the pace is slower? What if we didn’t worry about sorting out every detail? What if we just waited to answer some of the big questions – like where the kids will go to school and where we will live? What if we just jumped – with both feet – into the unknown?
Granted, we moved somewhere that we have family, and that family is well connected into the community. We recognize this is a privilege that not everyone is afforded. We don’t take that for granted.
The move is a huge leap of faith. Not even six months after delivering someone else’s twin babies, this was a huge curveball to throw our kids. They are nothing short of amazing. Pulling them from a school they love, grandparents they see every day, and a place with familiar activities is huge. They said goodbye to their teachers, gave their grandparents hugs, and walked with us into the unknown. They’ve only just arrived and I anticipate some growing pains. The “What if,” mindset does not free you from the emotion of big, impulsive decisions. It just puts those emotions into a new perspective.