9.20.2007

Begining of the end

I turned in my notice at the office today. As of November 30, 2007, I will join the ranks of the unemployed. It feels strange, very strange.

I've spent the last 13 years of my life at the company, and it hurt to type the resignation letter. Even though I've grown tired of my job, as well as never-ending drama around the office, I've come to regard my co-workers as family. In fact, I couldn't bring myself to personally hand the letter over to my boss. Instead, I left it in his mail slot. He knows the resignation letter is pending and will see it when he sees it.

I hate goodbyes, the emotionality of it all. I've requested no surprise party, no obligatory farewell speeches, or a sugary sheet cake in the break room. I'd rather have a root canal than endure the torture of it all. My hope is to slip out very quietly when the day comes.

Tough times ahead, folks. Tough times ahead.

6 comments:

Carmi said...

I quit my job in June, so I know how you feel - well, not the moving-to-Germany part, of course. I felt similar pangs of dread in the leadup to moment when I gently tapped my leader on the shoulder, pointed at an office door and told him we needed to talk.

But in the end, I felt a wonderful catharsis, a release of pent-up stress that I hadn't anticipated. I realized that staying too long in one job can slowly turn the soul gray. I was spending entirely too much time away fro my family, and I wasn't seeing any kind of worthwhile return.

Now, I work from home. I work harder than I ever have, but I'm there for all of them. I can't put a price on it, of course, but when I get to walk the dog in the middle of the day, then meander down to the kids' school in time for pickup, I realize that resigning was the best thing I could have done.

Tonya Allison said...

Wow, you really ARE moving huh?

Just a trumpet player said...

I hear you. I way better with a bottle of tequila than with goodbyes...

AmyD said...

Nice wish, but I'd be VERY surprised if your workplace doesn't do something special in your honor, so don't act all surprised when it happens! ;o)

As for feeling sad, this is a huge step! So many changes in your life, and writing that letter was just one more reminder of everything coming closer to the end - for now. Mourn it, but also celebrate what is yet to come...there are so many great things ahead for you, lady!

utenzi said...

I was over your way on Monday when I picked up a post-doc at the airport. I got there early and went to Umstead Park to wait--I should have dropped in on you instead, Diane! LOL Until I read your post today bout work, I didn't even think of how close you were.

Me said...

You know they will give you a surprise party anyway, right? Or something. :)

It must be really tough but it's the start of a great adventure too. YAY for that!