I have never been the kind of person that can endure misery at a job for long periods of time, especially with no end in sight. I’m not even sure what kind of person that makes anybody, being that every situation is different. Some people stay at jobs they hate for many reasons, financial burden, security, even friendships. I know I’ve had a hard time leaving jobs because of the attachments formed with my coworkers, or a promised raise or vacation time that I held out for but never recieved. But in all honesty, when it comes to your well-being, is the decision to release a heavy burden that hard? Well, for some, yes.
Stop Saying “My Job.”
When you are stuck between a rock and a hard place, and you no longer have time to find the ‘perfect’ job, you might pick the fastest option. This does not mean that you have to claim the role of your new and present circumstance. If you choose to serve food for tips so that you may afford a place to sleep, awesome, but you don’t have to brand yourself as such. You are placing that title on your life and hindering yourself from moving forward faster. Once you become conscious, you need to be very careful of your words, and the titles you speak onto yourself, you can very well speak yourself into doom. Your title is: divine being having a human experience on earth. Your title is not ‘Buster’s employee.’ Your life is as fulfilled as your mind. If in your mind you are just a janitor, then that may stick around like glitter. I already consider myself all things that I wish to be, because I know well enough how powerful I am and how much damage I can do to myself if my mind isn’t in the right place.
Making A Move
Maybe it’s time to make a move. Take that literally and metaphorically. If there is someone or something about you that’s leading you to believe that we take whatever we’re dealt because it’s the easiest thing to do, maybe it’s time to make a move. It’s not ok to be unhappy, it’s not the ‘norm’, and you don’t have to get used to it. Take the time to do the things that get you closer to where you want to be in life. It doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy, but I like to imagine the face of disappointment on my future self if I waste all this precious time being unhappy. I would hate to be on the receiving end of my scowl. It’s scary.
I’m not saying to rush and jump into a random opportunity, definitely take your time, but be sure the time is used wisely. Plans will change and transform during your journey, so don’t take up too much time getting hung up on all of the details of your plans and dreams.
Don’t Ignore Red Flags
If you’re unsure if you’re just burned out or genuinely in the wrong field that doesn’t suit your life’s purpose, pay attention to signs and red flags. If your life consists of working and getting home and not having the energy to do anything productive or spiritually healing, red flag. The job you do shouldn’t prevent you from having a happy, fulfilling life. Most jobs are energy vampires, it could be your coworkers or boss, physical demands or the fact that it’s against your morals. Perhaps you’re a health advocate working in fast food, an animal lover working at kill shelters, sometimes even a teacher in a public school. With all of the limitations and challenges, many teachers don’t feel like they are performing their life’s purpose teaching because making an impact has boundaries.
There are countless jobs that can meet my list of being energy vampires. We just need to know when enough is too much. If the job you are doing isn’t YOU enough then it’s not worth it, ask yourself how YOU is this job? If you can’t make at least 3 connections from you to the job, then it’s not you.
In the meantime of figuring things out, when you get home from work, take at least 30 minutes to stretch and meditate. There are countless videos on YouTube for taking care of your mind and body, please take advantage of your resources, you have plenty. I’ll place a link to my favorite YouTube channel for yoga therapy. Take time to take care of yourself, whatever you need to get done won’t happen if you’re depleted.
Here’s a link for a free stress melt yoga session with Adriene: Yoga With Adriene, you may thank me later! Much love!
Trust that you have everything that you need. Don’t ever limit your life, health or happiness. You deserve it all. Namaste.