Why removing yourself from a situation isn’t necessarily a bad thing
By: Brielle Sparacino
Hi, my name is Bree, and I am a serial quitter.
Most of the time, I just can’t help it. There are so many things I’ve ended up quitting throughout my twenty years on this Earth that it’s nearly impossible for me to remember them all; however, I’ll give you a few prominent examples.
One of the first times I ever quit anything was gymnastics at the age of 10. I had started back in kindergarten, and after about five years of struggling with the balance beam, the bars, the vault and various floor routines, I had decided that I wasn’t really interested and continuing with the sport was ultimately pointless.
Of course right after I quit the team, I ran into one of my former teammates who told me that our coaches promoted her to the next level, and they planned on doing the same with me.
A more recent example is when I failed my driving test for the first time at the age of 17. I remember telling my mother that I just wouldn’t learn how to drive and instead would take public transportation everywhere (thank God she forced me to learn though, or my freedom would be extremely limited).
An example as recent as last semester would be when I decided to quit writing for an extracurricular writing platform because I had so many other things on my plate at the time.
While these examples are much more significant, there have been more miniscule instances in which I’ve quit DIY projects, potential business ventures, preparing a meal halfway through, finishing the laundry, etc.
Quitting things just seems to be my “thing”. Sometimes, I feel really bad about it if I dwell on it for too long, especially since my mother loves pointing out the fact that I quit things before I give them a legitimate chance, but then I remember there are so many people like me and quitting lots of things doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
I’ve found that one of the best reasons for quitting something is the amount of unnecessary stress it can take off of your shoulders.
Many of us here at CSI are full-time college students, so there’s an incredibly high chance that most of us also manage either part-time or full-time jobs as well as families.
A project you might have been really psyched to start a few months ago and confidently believed you’d be able to handle might end up getting in the way of your daily routine, and if you feel you need to cut it out of your life, that’s okay.
There shouldn’t be shame in quitting something if it doesn’t feel like a priority to you, and it soon becomes one less thing on your mind to worry about.
Another valid reason for quitting something is if a better opportunity takes its place (based on what your personal definition of what “better” is).
Sure, you love your part-time job because the people you work with make your time with the company more bearable, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to do what’s best for you. If you find a more impressive job opportunity with higher pay, flexible hours, and other added benefits, quit the job that is hurting you more than it’s helping you.
The third (and in my personal opinion, the most important) reason for quitting something is if you simply don’t enjoy it anymore. Whether it be a sport, a job, a relationship, etc., if it’s not making you want to wake up every morning and be a better version of yourself, it’s not worth putting your time into.
In life we have limitless possibilities, and everything happens for a reason, even when you’re the one who’s initiating the change.
Even if you’re afraid to quit something, or begin having doubts about eliminating it from your life, you have to believe that happier times are ahead and good things will come along when you least expect them to.
Being a quitter may not be accepted, but maybe it should be. Sometimes quitting just one thing could open the door to a million other things that are just as great, if not greater.