A change is coming!
I haven't been very active on any form of social media recently. It probably stretches a little further than that, for the last few months I have barely done anything other than follow back when the urge took me. I used to enjoy the camaraderie of my fellow therapists on Twitter. It always feels like a close knit community with a real push on educating and trying to make positive changes to our profession.
I wish I could blame the release of the new expansion in Final Fantasy XIV as the reason for the complete radio silence, but I can't! The truth is I was battling a difficult choice, one that has been weighing me down for some time.
Last week I handed in my notice at work, informed them that in 4 weeks I would no longer be working there. Nothing unusual in that people might say! However for me, this was an unusual situation because for the first time in 25 years, I don't actually have another job to walk into!
However after talking it through with my family, I decided that things needed to change. I've always wanted to try and make a success of my own therapy practice, I've always liked the idea of writing a book and most importantly, I've always liked the idea of being a master of my own destiny and not being beholden to those who pay my salary every month. In my head, I have this idea of an idyllic lifestyle where I walk my son to school every day, spend time blogging or on social media whilst sipping coffee and actually having the time to finish reading my collection of books by Irvin Yalom! Whilst I appreciate what I have just suggested won't necessarily pay the mortgage, I hope that it will provide me with the sort of balance needed to chase my dreams, whatever they might be!
But such a decision hasn't come without it's negatives. I will miss my clients, some of which I have been working with a while. I have been extremely fortunate to have spent the last 4 and a half years working with young adults, helping them push through the difficulties of a broken education system whilst coping with numerous changes. I will miss seeing how their stories end, but on reflection it is now time to concentrate more on my own story and those of my family.