I sent my farewell note to my workmates at the company – it’s heartwarming to get some responses with the encouragement given. I mentioned that I would be leaving with a smile on my face – which is certainly true. It is still an unnerving experience because I will be facing a limbo, however the bigger emotion that I’m having at the moment is excitement. It’s a similar exhilaration when you go on a rollercoaster, knowing that you will be twirled around in a minute. You face it head on, screaming until your voice is hoarse but with the biggest adrenalin rush because it is also so much fun!
Being somebody with a tendency to live on a conservative side, this experience has taught me to loosen up some more, to relax and let God really steer my life, instead of me stressing out where to go and what to do. Of course I’m not sitting still – I have done many things to prepare myself for the next career step. There are a couple of leads that I am really excited for with people around me to help me enter the next stage. I’ll update you all in due time!
I quoted a well-known poem by Robert Frost in my farewell email – it’s one of my favourites called The Road Not Taken.
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
I’m sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden back.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
A lot of commentaries debate the real sentiment of the poem, whether it is of regret or of relief. Frost himself was quoted saying that this poem was tricky indeed. I am taking the latter interpretation – years from now, I will release a sigh of relief, thankful that I made the step to face the unknown because it opened up many opportunities down my way. Amen to that. 🙂