I only had to be there for a couple of hours to explain to another colleague how to handle part of the projects I was working on. As I walked out of that office and towards the metro station, I looked back with tears running down my face. I had just quit my job.
You see, months of working non-stop and attending school at the same time were leaving me exhausted. Not like I wasn’t used to juggling more than one thing at the same time, it was more like a built-up constant frustration over months. A good working relationship comprises of a clear message of what kind of work is expected of you and provides you with the adequate tools and resources to aid you to do your job properly. In return, the work itself should be able to fulfill the professional goals you intend to achieve. Long story short, I was no longer felt a connection with the work I was putting out nor was I comfortable working in an environment that lacked proper direction.
I gave myself a day off that day. Went to the McDonalds at Hotel de Ville and ordered a Mcfish with fries and looked around the old stores nearby to score some vintage finds. Stopped by lush cosmetics to get a face scrub and lavender powder that prevents toes from getting smelly. I stopped by a clothing store that was going out of business. I was going through the racks and found this wrap dress hanging in the second to last aisle. I thought to myself, maybe I should get this, as a symbol to remember what it felt like to quit.
As I look back to that day, I am reminded of a lot of things but more importantly of the one rule I should live by, never answer to work calls or messages after 7 pm.