Breaking free from the safety and familiarity of a job you love is no easy feat. The worries about leaving behind the security of a stable life - friends, health insurance, mortgage, and more - can keep you up at night.
But letting fear hold you back from chasing your dreams can leave you with nothing but regret. As Edward J. Stieglitz once said, "It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
Planning and dreaming about the next step in our lives for countless hours gave us the courage to take the leap and quit our jobs. We thought we were prepared for it, but it turned out to be one of the hardest things we've ever done.
When the day finally arrived, we felt a mix of sadness and relief. But as Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus said, "The die is cast."
By giving our employers ample notice, we were able to help our teams find our successors while also saying goodbye to our coworkers.
Now, we're jobless for the first time since college, with no more mundane work meetings or performance reviews. And while it's a scary feeling, it's also exhilarating to have the freedom to pursue our dreams.
When I returned home after my last day, Yuka congratulated me, saying, "You've just graduated from eBay!" And it's true - by taking this step, we've opened ourselves up to a world of new possibilities and experiences.
So if you're dreaming of something more, don't let fear hold you back. The life in your years is waiting for you.