How can I go months without health insurance?

Will I be able to get another job with an employment gap?

Am I doing the right thing by quitting?

These are all the questions I had in my mind as I made the decision to quit my job. 

I didn’t plan ahead. I didn’t have a backup plan. I simply walked into office and couldn’t keep going anymore.

After about a year into the corporate world, I felt suffocated. Even though I had a great job, was making more than enough money to lead a comfortable life, and was learning new things every day, I felt I was in auto-pilot. I felt that I never gave myself enough space to decide what I wanted to do in my life. I heard stories of experienced professionals taking sabbatical leaves and career breaks to give themselves the chance to think about their future. They told me it was a chance for them to assess if what they were doing was truly what they wanted to do for the rest of their lives. This made me think, “Do I have to wait till mid-career to do this? Why not take the time out when I’m young and take a break now?” I thought if I really gave myself a chance to think about what I wanted to do with my life at a relatively early stage in my career, it would set me up for success and give me a solid foundation on which I could build my career.

So, I took the bold move of quitting my job. I didn’t plan ahead. I didn’t have a backup plan. I simply walked into office and couldn’t keep going anymore. I told my boss that I had to give myself a break and I did not want to continue working at the company. I told him that I would be doing injustice to myself, my clients, and ultimately the company’s mission if I kept working there. My heart told me to give myself a break and really think about what I wanted to do. Was I in the corporate world just because it was the easiest thing to do? Was I in it for the wrong reasons? I needed some space to think about this and contemplate my next moves which is why I quit.

During the first three weeks or so, I wasted more time than I should have, excessively socializing and probably even thinking too hard about my next move. I realized this was the time for myself to do the things I loved to do. I had ten hours back in my day which I could use to be the best version of myself. I wasn’t going to waste it. I started to meditate more and work out twice a day. I spent more time with my loved ones and even began to cook more, something I couldn’t find the time to do before. I spent 20-30 minutes every morning reading a book I enjoyed which helped me set the tone for the day. Most of these were simple things but I felt the joy in doing them. After two months of having a strong routine of doing just what I wanted to do, a true sense of purpose crept into my life. What really mattered to me was clear and right in front of me. I gradually developed a stronger direction and vision of what I wanted to do in the near future.

I eventually decided to step back into the corporate world three months after I had quit my job. What was scary at first turned into a blessing in disguise. I took time out to find the company and role that really resonated with my values. Even the smaller mundane things that I did when I was on break stuck with me and became strong components of my daily routine once I started my new job. The biggest lesson this journey taught me was that it’s okay to be honest with myself and pause my life for a moment to reflect on my career.

Many a times, we live our lives in auto-pilot. We get stuck in the rat race of bagging a job after college, marrying the person of our dreams, getting a big house with a green lawn, then raising a family, and you know the rest. Nothing is wrong in this but the crime I was committing was not asking myself if every move in my life had a purpose and a conscious motive behind it.

Now, every few months, I make an effort to retreat from the daily rigors and responsibilities so I can reflect on what I am doing and ask myself if they align with my goals and aspirations. Am I doing this in auto- pilot mood or is it something I truly want to do?


  • Joshi

    Learn to Not Just Live but Thrive

    One of the strongest belief systems we live with, as a society, today is the notion that stress is natural. What we forget is that between every stimulus and response lies our choice. Our power to change the way we think, feel, and live. Our power to thrive in this beautiful world! Coming from a unique background of tech, sports, psychology, and yoga, Joshi has worked with various types of personalities in all kinds of settings giving him a different perspective on multiple valuable topics.