Sometimes I’d like to be one. If you’re on social media this week, you’ve probably seen Chris Holmes’ photo of his resignation cake, tweeted by his brother-in-law. Who knew it would go viral? Then again, I know a lot of people who’d love to quit their day job and go pursue a dream, so no wonder everyone is liking, sharing, commenting, and re-tweeting.
Mr. Holmes, a 31-year-old airport worker, has been building his side business – a cake decorating business called Mr. Cake – for a while now, and finally decided to close the gap between his “day job” and his “dream job”. He has finally taken the step toward his dream and I have a feeling that for him, being a quitter is a good thing! How fitting that he created his resignation letter on a cake! Check out his creative letter, scribed with icing (nice font, Chris)!
When I saw this story, I immediately thought of Jon Acuff’s book Quitter. I literally just finished it and have been musing about my calling in life a little bit lately. Acuff describes his view that we are living in the “I’m, but” generation. Maybe you have heard someone you know (or even yourself) say this when asked what they do for a living,”I’m a ____, but I want to be a ____.”
I’m a teacher, but I want to be an artist.
I’m a banker, but I want to be a counselor.
I’m a nurse, but I want to start my own business.
I feel like there are lots of us who can probably fill in the the first part of the sentence, but have a hard time identifying the second part, the “I want to be…” part. My theory is we get shoved into survival mode by life’s big strong hands so much that we just end up “making a living” with jobs that pay but aren’t necessarily fulfilling. As little kids we all used to dream big, didn’t we? Somehow most of us seem to lose that sense of adventure when the bills, kids, and a mortgage payment start happening. Even our friends and family squash our dreams if they get too big. But what if we became quitters of the status quo, instead of becoming quitters of dreaming?
I’m in no way suggesting we all go quit our jobs to go “find ourselves”. But if we don’t quit dreaming, perhaps, just maybe, we will see windows appear that used to be walls. Maybe there is opportunity around us that we just aren’t looking for, and therefore not seeing. Are we walking right by those opportunities without even knowing it?
Ok, so I’m not here to write a detailed book review of Quitter (sorry Jon), but gosh, this book was awesome! I must say I find Mr. Acuff to be a pretty cool and witty dude – follow his twitter and you’ll see. My point is that maybe there’s something to this whole thing about closing the gap between doing what you “have to” do and doing what you WISH you could do. And the fact that I just happened to have finished reading Acuff’s book when I saw Chris Holmes’ story? What great timing that was! Is someone trying to tell me something?
I believe we all have a desire for fulfillment. Too many of us “settle”, letting life happen TO us and getting stuck in a rut, instead of getting out there, making our way, and pushing forward toward our goals. Friends and family might (correction: they WILL) laugh, and sacrifices might have to be made, but in the end, if your dream is big enough, you’d be surprised at how many doors open for you when you decide to really go for it. AND… if your dream includes serving others, look out world, now THAT’s a dream worth running after!
Imagine… if you could intermingle these three things,
(1) Something you love to do and/or that serves others,
(2) Something you’re reasonably good at, and
(3) Something you can get paid to do.
How sweet would it be to wake up every morning and be excited to get started with your day?
Even if it’s a small dream – don’t forget that small dreams often give birth to bigger ones – perhaps the possibilities are worth pursuing. So what are you waiting for? We only have this one life, so why not start now?
Closing the gap may be easier than you think! Now excuse me while I go work on my dream…
Leave a comment and share what kind of dream job you’d love to have!
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. ~ Colossians 3:23