Talk About It

April 30th, 2020

Sunset At Pinery

Pinery Provincial Park, Ontario

Sometimes, it’s very helpful to let others know what you’re feeling and to openly share about what it really is you want in life.

Today was the day that I made my thoughts, wishes and passions known to my coworkers. I’ve been operating at my workplace as if i’m living another life, speaking and acting as if I was content with what I was doing and living day to day as if my work was a part of who I was.

In reality, I feel like i’ve been living a lie these past few years.

I love what I do, I really am content with the work and I think i work with a great team but, I keep living day to day with what ifs. That all changed today. In sharing with what I am pursuing, I also let everyone know what my true passions were and, i’m very glad that happened.

I wrote my team a note today letting them know that I was taking some time-off to pursue my passion and was enrolled into a coding bootcamp - Juno College of Technology in Toronto, Canada. Some people were surprised, some people were sad to see me going but, all of my team was very happy to hear about me chasing my dreams.

I guess in a world where security and comfort are becoming more and more important and, second nature, it’s surprising to hear about someone risking everything to follow their dreams.

What I was really happy to hear about were the people I had cheering me on and wishing me the best. Sometimes, you don’t know who has your back until your more open and vulnerable with those around you. I feel empowered, hopeful and secure about the future just knowing that I have some folks who - will feel very far away from me, in more ways than one - are rooting for me and promising support through these challenging times.

“You just call on me brother, when you need a hand We all need somebody to lean on I just might have a problem that you’ll understand We all need somebody to lean on” - Bill Withers

I’m lucky in that there are a sea of people who have my back - rooting me on and hoping for me to do well. I wouldn’t have known had I not shared more of myself.

Open yourself up for others, be vulnerable for those around you. You’ll be surprised about what the reactions are.

Written by Lawrence Hebia, a web developer from Toronto, Canada. ✌🏼