Changes… part 2.
Often times career changes are a topic of conversation, the “Walter Mitty” dream. If you have not seen the movie then do check it out. To take a leap of faith and do something you have not done before. How many of us take those chances? Do any of us ever take those chances?
A career change is one thing but, how can it change your life? Can you switch careers and are you willing to make that change in your life? The million-dollar question is just that…
When our family business closed and the rug was pulled out from under us, we all had to make a change. It was not a welcomed change but a change nonetheless. I had to do things differently and readjust my life, we all had an adjustment and not just me.
Having been in the furniture industry literally since the age of 10, I felt I needed a break. It was the same industry, the same suppliers and the same business. I worked and helped out a few people in the industry after we shut our doors, it was the same old thing.
When an opportunity knocked, I had a chance to work in Asia again. Precisely it was back to Jakarta Indonesia where I had to spend a few years back in 1998-2003. Getting back into the entertainment business was something different and yet familiar. Having been a writer for a few years of my life it was something I enjoyed doing. Getting back in the movie business was exciting…
This was a change I needed in my life and initially, it was an easy decision to make. However, as I thought about it the actual step to say yes was harder. I had my daughter and my son in Toronto Canada, leaving them was the hardest decision. I had raised my children as a single dad for 10 years. Not having them around was the absolute hardest part of the change. My daughter was off in university so I had grown accustomed to not seeing her regularly. My son on the other hand, well, we have been best friends and never been apart.
My son is half Indonesian, we have visited Jakarta and Bali quite often and it was our vacation destination of choice. Indonesia is part of us and both of my kids loved it. With my son’s support, I decided on making the change.
“Change is hard, but not making the change seemed harder.”
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