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Why I’m taking a Career Break…At age 38.

Author Michael Hyatt in Living Forward calls it “the Drift”. The drift is when we are floating through life, and, over time become, unaware, distracted, overwhelmed (by things we let overwhelm us). The majority of the population does this. But many of us become overwhelmed because we are locked into what the U.S. has brainwashed us successful or will make us happy. We are pushed to consume things we don’t need to fill the void (unhappiness) from not living a life that is aligned with our values. Many never have time (or take the time) to just STOP ask the big questions.  Ask what we truly value. I didn’t. And its why I’m taking the risk of leaving a comfortable, well paying job, and pursuing a life that is aligned with my values. Because  this will eat you alive eventually, even if you have all the money in the world. Its why people have mid-life crisis, and frankly is at the foundation of many of the issues we have in this country (health, financial, etc.). It goes back to the 5 Regrets of the Dying I worked It also goes back to th.

So I decided it was time. While I’m fortunate to not have obligations that tie me down, stopping to ask the questions is within everyone’s reach. And that was my starting point for what is a significant change and risk. and it can be anyone’s.  I stopped, reassessed and knew I needed space . Many of our worries are just other peoples worries that we take in through osmosis (this is proven). So I am leaving a comfortable job . I have read and listened to enough to know with 100% clarity that . That money is not necessarily the answer.

The 5 Regrets of the Dying…And why I Sabbatical at Age 38

Author Michael Hyatt in Living Forward calls it “the Drift”. The Drift is when we begin floating through life, and, over time, become unaware, distracted, and overwhelmed (by things we unknowingly let overwhelm us). The majority of our population does this and knows the feeling.

It starts early. Even if you are fortunate enough to attend college, we are rushed to decide on life-long careers with very little self-awareness. So we end up pursuing careers based on external pressures or that will provide financial stability. That’s a bad recipe. It’s why Europeans take Gap Years.

It’s also why I’m taking a Sabbatical (a.k.a. a Grown Up Gap Year) in the middle of my career with no job guarantee on my return. Because I was stuck in the Drift and being misaligned with your values will eventually eat you alive. It’s why people have mid-life crises. Lawyers provide a great example. They are known to be highly compensated, but highly unhappy. Many would say miserable (sorry Lawyers, this is proven). I know many Lawyers and Bankers who have loads of material possessions, but are completely unfulfilled.

One need not look any further than the 5 Regrets of the Dying to affirm that money and possessions are not what matter in the long run. Being true to yourself, relationships, that’s what matters. This should sound alarms in our society and we need to start taking it seriously. It’s also a big reason I’m taking the risk to leave my comfortable and well-paying job to pursue a life that is aligned with my values. To grow my relationships that have atrophied while I lived in the Drift. Because I know it’s what will matter in the end.

But many never make (or take) the time to STOP and ask the big questions. Ask what we truly value. I didn’t. It takes a while to dig deep and really think it through. So if you are feeling unfulfilled, try to take a pause. Even if only for a few minutes or hours at first. And think about what you value. It doesn’t mean you have to leave your job. We all have families, mortgages (hopefully one you can afford), obligations. But start taking action to find what will bring you true fulfillment and peace in the end. It’s not money or possessions. It’s the soft stuff. The intangibles. Don’t forget that.