Hi Everyone. 2020 has been a good ride so far. Even though everyone in the world could not avoid being affected by the impact of COVID-19, I believe that each of us has our own story that we would share with our future self.
When it happened in March 2019 where lock-downs happened in many countries including mine, it was a game changer to everything. I was at that time still working with the company I have been working with for 13 years. I couldn't believe that of all the years, this year I took the risk of leaving it and make my dreams come true. I know right? Why couldn't I wait when the economy is better? Or whatever reasons anyone could come up for me. Listen, when I decided this, I did not even talk to anyone except myself and of course the Almighty. I did not even told my dad whom I normally will inform on any of my big decisions (not always though). I did not even tell my closest colleague about this until everything has fall in place. Two of my friends who I hangout with even told me if this kind of stuff call an emergency video meeting. And I replied, I don't considered this an emergency.
The reasons to leave is always because of a trigger. I have been waiting for a trigger for the past 3 to 4 years and in fact even though it sounds negative, I think it is a positive thing that had happened in 2020 in my life. It is so funny that at the end of last year, I have asked Allah for a sign telling me whether it is worth it to stay in that company I was in for over a decade. And He gave me the sign. I took it but didn't really do anything with it.
Then, of all years, early this year I found a new employee whom I have good feelings to cover my responsibilities in the company. I have been searching for a decade but could not find any. And in May 2020, one of my ex-colleagues who is actually quite close to me in some way said something which mentioned that my ex-boss do not want me to get involved in when that role is under my responsibilities. Because he knew that if he tells me that, it is not following the law and he is worried that I will reject and disagreed. After that text, for 1 week I was furious which is not common for me. Most of the time, within 2 days my anger will subside. But this time, my mind was only focusing on leaving.
After I wrote my resignation letter, I planned everything. And instead of searching for a new job which none of it is my passion (it seems like being a general manager or country manager doesn't interest me at all), I accidentally search for a workspace and ended up a renting a 75sqft office space. I have been wanting to run my own companies full-time, seeding it since I was in secondary school. And now, I am doing it at this moment.
By the way, I would like to celebrate one of the best years I have ever had throughout my life. I am writing this just so I can remind myself to be grateful and appreciate everything that I have. In case, I will need this in the future.
S. Sulianah Swift-Kendrick