Just Quit It!


Society tells us that "quitters never win and winners never quit." They say to us "stick with it!" and "tough it out." There's a generation (or two) who have worked at the same company for 25+ years in hopes that their hard work and loyalty will be both recognized and rewarded. They pride themselves in weathering the storms of loveless marriages, dead-end jobs, and planting roots in the same soil they were birthed from. While there is something to be said for perseverance, for not giving up, and fighting instead of fleeing, there is also a great benefit in failing forward. 

My generation has made a sport of quitting. We're staying at jobs for 1-2 years, adding new skills to our resumes and leaving on our own terms often to the tune of bigger salaries. Gone are the days of silently suffering through microaggressions and toxic workplace environments and feeling lucky to be employed. We're not staying where we are not valued and being undervalued is just as bad. We're saying no to long-term relationships that are running on the fumes of nostalgia. We're recognizing that the best parents are happy parents not necessarily married ones. We're coming to terms with the fact that blood may be thicker than water, but not all blood is good blood. 

We've all read books and realized after a chapter or two that it wasn't the book for us, but be it principle or hope that it would get better, we continued on. Sometimes we're pleasantly surprised, but more often than not the end result is wasted time. My advice? Just quit. 

Quitting may hold a stigma of being soft, but the truth is there is no safety in quitting. To quit means to leave a road of familiarity in search of something new. Deciding that a job, relationship, or journey no longer serves you is a tough task in itself. Leaving is even tougher. But just as past begets future, old begets new, and ending begets beginning, quitting begets starting and you're never too old or too stuck to start. But, first, you have to quit. 

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