I remember the first time I quit something. And when I say “quit,” I mean, I dropped out of the activity before it’s “season” had run its course. It was in 5th grade. You had a choice to sign up for the school chorus or have extra reading time. Well, since you can’t really quit extra reading time, you guessed it, I signed up for and then quit the school chorus. I remember the choir teacher being upset that I was leaving (not because I was/am a great singer) and, as I recall, I remember not being too upset by her reaction.
In 2015, I “quit” a few things. Two different jobs. Though, technically, I think I “resigned.” Regardless, I left two jobs. And I quit selling in my Etsy shop.* I also quite reading a book that I just couldn’t get into. As much as I wanted to like it and finish it. 50 pages in and I was done.
Here’s the thing I’ve learned all along the way, ever since I was in the 5th grade—quitting is completely and totally acceptable. Life is so crazy and short and complicated that if you’re doing something you don’t like, you should leave it behind. Don’t stick around just so you’re not a “quitter.”
Since it is the season of football playoffs, it’s worth quoting Vince Lombardi’s most overused phrase:
Winners never quit and quitters never win.
You know what, Vince? That’s not always true. Because a lot of the time, winning is just about being happy. And being a quitter doesn’t mean that you’ve given up. It just means that you’re on to the next thing. And think of it another way… sometimes quitting is the best thing—like quitting smoking, or any other bad habit; quitting a bad relationship; quitting one opportunity to go after a better one.
When I think of quitting, I like to think of the new beginning that comes directly after it. Walt Disney once said,
The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.
Not to get all New Year’s resolution/’tis that time of year on your butts, but it’s that statement is true in so many aspects of life. If you’ve got an idea, quit talking and make a plan. If you’ve got a goal, quit planning and get yourself in gear. If you’ve got a trip to take, quit talking and just go.
There’s nothing in the foreseeable future that I expect to quit. But I do quite like the idea of less talk, more action as something to put into practice more often. What about you? Anything worth quitting? Anything worth doing?
*There is a possible, ever-so-small, chance that Toyidermy will make a pop-up appearance on Etsy sometime in 2016. No promises though.