Friday, October 24, 2008

One great big step.

I’ve been stressing really bad all week.  The time had come for me to send in my resignation to my company, Thermo Fisher.  I’ve been working with them for over three years and it is in large part due to my success there that I have the funds to take a few years off to go sailing.  My boss and I still need to sort out some details, but he was initially very supportive.  My fear was that it would be taken badly as I’ve seen too many people get let go in a manner you wouldn’t believe.  However, since I am not going to a competitor, or even into a related market, all is well.

 

Lately I’ve been thinking about all the deadlines I’ve been driven by as well.  Even the countdown timer is a deadline that I’ve artificially imposed on myself.  Odds are I’ll be leaving in November, but it doesn’t really matter if it’s November 10th or December 10th.  What I suddenly have is a lot of time.  That is the exact opposite of where I’ve been for the last six years.  This evening will be spent unwinding a bit with two of my best friends from my days up in Washington State.  Here is to learning to relax and marking major milestones.  For the first time in my life I’ve chosen the route of greatest fulfillment instead of greatest financial benefit.  Let’s see where this goes….

 

Lee Winters
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Email: Lee.Winters@SailingForSOS.com

 

7 comments:

Jason said...

"Congratulations" just doesn't seem to cut it but I'll say it anyways. Congratulations. No kidding. You're doing it. You're making it happen.

Goodonya!

Jason

Overboard said...

Words cannot do the change you have made to your life justice.

Overboard said...

That reads weird. I think I've got my words in the order wrong.

Lilly said...

I am so proud of you. I know you weren't looking forward to it. I am glad it went well.

Bob V said...

Dude. Welcome to the ex-Thermo club. Glad to see you are living your dream!

Mark L said...

Well done mate!
Big changes take the most courage and are the most rewarding. Cheers to a new life of courageous, rewarding changes!

Bigoceans.com said...

Congrats Lee, I bet that's a weight off your shoulders.

It's really hard getting used to having time... I've seen some people (I think I might be a little in this category) that stress about time and keep pushing, while others quit their jobs and go the complete opposite - Their 'cruise for a few years' turns into ten, and they're still in the Caribbean!

I guess there is a happy medium... I know I'm still trying to find it :) I guess I kind of did, being forced to stop by winter, however I would have kept going if there wasn't a continent in my way!