Johnny and I have discussed working for the weekends and choosing passion vs. pay. We discuss these things A LOT. We’ve discussed it here and at home pretty much anytime Johnny has to work a weekend or one of us feels stretched too thin at work. And then recently we read an article about a guy who did more than just discuss the notion: he actually did something about it and resigned from his job to pursue his passion. But he resigned in freaking delicious fashion:
This cake letter hit close to home, and not just because my stomach registers a 3.0 on the grumble scale every time I see cake. It’s that it says, “having recently become a father I now realise how precious life is and how important it is to spend my time doing something that makes me, and other people, happy.” It’s like this guy has been a fly on the wall in our house. And while I’m more of a mother than a father, I think this applies to Johnny almost perfectly.
Having a baby was Johnny’s “Ah-ha” moment in life, too. While we both have good jobs that we’re currently happy with, we can’t help but think of the potential for lives less dictated by our jobs. We won’t be turning in edible resignation letters anytime in the next few months — or years, honestly. But the desire for change is there. Give us another five years, and we’ll have found a way to spend more of our “precious life” doing what makes us happy. For Johnny this means being able to leave work at work and have time to be a little-league coach. For me it means having weekday evenings free of deadlines.
What do you think Mr. Cake’s thought process was to get to the point of resigning from his job? No one really knows, but here’s my version of his story, with a dash of creative license thrown in: Mr. Cake had always dreamed of owning his own bakery. But that nasty little booger called “finances” got in the way. So he started working a job that paid well, while he scrimped and saved and worked at his cake business on the side. Mr. Cake baked late into the night most nights, working well past the point of exhaustion. He turned to energy drinks and was on a first-name basis with the cashier at the corner gas station. Though sleep deprived, Mr. Cake was happy doing what he loved. But he knew there’d come a point when he’d have to choose: his cakes or his day job. Doing both just wasn’t sustainable. And then he became a dad, and the answer was clear. So he wrote a letter to his boss, but not jut any letter — an edible letter.
Okay, you know the rest.
So first, he had to have the desire to change things up. Then he had to start down the path of changing. On his website, it says he started his cake business almost three years ago. I’m probably not too far off in saying he developed an energy drink addiction during that time. And last, he had to make the scare-your-pants-off decision and actually change.
So let’s recap: 1) Have the desire for change. 2) Lay the groundwork for change. 3) Make the change.
And that doesn’t just have to apply to our careers, either. For some, it’s pursuing a specific passion. For others it’s quitting something (or someone) who’s bringing you down. And for all of us, it’s quitting bad spending habits and being on a budget that will ultimately make us more free… They can take our cake, but they can’t take OUR FREEDOMMM!!! (Johnny will be really proud of this Braveheart reference.)
We all have one life, folks. If we want to have our life and eat it too (last cake pun, I swear), we shouldn’t let anything stop us. Is there anything you desire to change? Have you already started to lay the groundwork for that change? Or are there any totally awesome people out there who have already made that change?