But what did you do with your job? You’ve taken a sabbatical? What? You’ve quit?!
What about your resume? You’ve worked so hard to get a good CV and you’ll just go out of the job market for over an year? What will employers and head-hunters think?
How are you going to finance this trip? Aren’t you going to save for an apartment?
So… you won’t be having any kids before at least 2 years, right?
STOP. BREATHE. EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT.
APPARENTLY LIFE STARTS AT 30
First of all, age is relative. If you were living in Mars you would be 16 by now and 1 year old in Saturn. Secondly, twenty somethings believe that when you hit the thirties you have to have achieved a lot of big things. But hey! we still have got time: Oprah, Harisson Ford, George Clooney, Martha Stewart, Steve Carrell and many others became famous only after they turned 30s. So relax, think less and live more.
IT MIGHT BE THE LAST TIME YOU CAN DO THIS
(AT LEAST BEFORE RETIREMENT)
It is true that statistically, you might be getting closer to start a family (81% of women have been married in their early 30s & 71% of men and 83% of women have been pregnant*), invest in real estate and start seriously worrying about savings, investments and how much you own. It is therefore a kind of “it’s now or never” decision. Perhaps that now is better than never?
FEED YOUR BRAIN
“Of course I know Twitter!” You do? Although we are part of the “Y generation”, a lot of things have happened since we have left school. Social media happened. Some bloggers became more famous than journalists. Learning how to code more important sometimes than knowing a foreign language. Taking an year off like this is also the opportunity to take the time to learn all the things you are curious about and that might be relevant for your future.
DO THE MATHS
Are you happy? Are you living the life you have always dreamt of? Are you satisfied with your job? if the answer to all these question is “YES” than congratulations. If not, leaving is also a way to find out how you want to live.
* Source: Book of Ages 30 by Joshua Albertson, Lockhart Steele, Jonathan Van Gieson – Crown Archetype
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