A few months ago I wrote a relatively honest and slightly exasperated piece reflecting on uncertainty about the future: whether to take the safe route or do things in a riskier manner. A few weeks later, I made a few decisions that are all coming into fruition, just in time for the new year. I thought I might share some thoughts around it all...
In a couple of weeks inshallah, I will be finishing up with my current employer and moving to work with a big oil and gas company as an engineer. (Yeh, desk jockey for now).
Inshallah, I will leave behind the FIFO life (for the time being), the lifestyle that has given me so much story fodder over the last 18 months, for something a little more regular. I'll move across the country to start a life in a new city (and possibly soon after, a new country) and generally leave everything I know to an unknown future.
All in all, pretty cray!
Those who know me well know I am pretty terrible at making decisions that affect my future. I think about things for a long time without always coming to the rational conclusion. I dilly dally for far too long, because I hate the idea of making a choice that might close a door that I might decide I want to go back to ('someday').
It isn't necessarily a flattering aspect, and it is something I am working on...
Any how. I have loved the role I am currently in: met some amazing people, seen awesome things, learnt a hell of a lot and generally had a ball.
However, for a variety of reasons, I decided to do what scared me, bite the bullet, jump into the deep end, etc etc.
Make the decision and not look back.
Funnily enough, making the decision was the hard part.
Once it was made, the weight came off my shoulders.
I think I learnt that sometimes, we just have to make a choice.
Whatever choice we make will be the 'right one' for that moment really, because it leads to experiences that make us who we are.
A'akila wa tawakal, is what we are taught as Muslims. Pretty loosely translated it means: Do your thang, do your best...and the rest is up to Allah.
So that is where 2014 starts.
New job, new city, new challenges...
You know what though? New is awesome. New is exciting and new is now set in motion, Alhamdulilah, whether I like it or not :)
I'm not really sure what this year holds, but I look forward to sharing it with you all (inshallah), learning loads and hopefully having the blessing of making some sort of a difference.
Let's do it!
PS Also working on a new project that is super exciting! I will update you all soon (not really wanting to count chickens before they're hatched...) but khair inshallah!