Let’s start with addressing the topic of this post. My blog was originally setup to talk about baseball in the community but this post is about me and a recent decision of mine to leave baseball (for now at least).
How does one make the right decision?
I quit my DREAM job almost two months ago, I’m still jobless, I’m living back at home with my parents, and I’m broke as broke can be, but I still believe I made the best decision for ME.
People often looked at my job and thought it was soo cool that I got to not only work in baseball but also that I had the FUN job. I was able to meet all of the players and coaching staff, run community events, mascot and player appearances, write a blog, brainstorm promotions, design merchandise, do all of the creative work, run the teams social media accounts, and most of all, go work at a baseball field everyday. What they didn’t know was that I had little time to build a life and relationships like they did. After the dreaminess of the job settled in, my student loan debt, as well as others, set in. My dream job quickly became a job that didn’t make my ends meet which then became another cause of stress.
Now lets step back, I’m not saying that people don’t make ends meet or that they can’t, and I’m not in any way dissing my job or baseball. I will always LOVE the industry as a fan and a professional, but for me the right decision was leaving (again, for now). When I left I didn’t know if I wanted to look for a higher position within baseball or find a new career path, now I know.
Working in baseball gave me the opportunity to oversee numerous operations vital to the organization. The area of work that always touched me the most was creative work and player appearances, especially those at the children’s hospital. Seeing a smile put on the face of a child in need is like no other. That is the feeling I am now after.
I am a goofball, I enjoy a good laugh, I enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day, and I want a job I love as much as baseball but allows me to have more time with family and friends. I will not hide who I am or what I want out of life. If anyone wants to judge me or anyone else for quitting their job, goofing off while they are busting their butts to find a new career they believe in, and/or drinking a glass of wine at the end of their day, I ask that that person look in the mirror and ask themselves if they have always made the best decisions for THEM? If you have … awesome, that’s all that is important. If you haven’t … don’t judge anyone who is trying to. You only have one life, live it for you, live it with enthusiasm, live it to help others.
I’ll end this by saying that there were a lot of other personal factors that brought me to my decision (such as an 85 year old grandmother I’d like to be close to, two adorable nephews, and two parents who won’t be getting any younger, etc.) but ultimately everyone is going through something and we shouldn’t judge personal decisions. Thank you to everyone who has stood behind me in all that I’ve accomplished in life and made me the strong woman I am today. I especially thank those who helped me get to my dream job in baseball and back again. I also thank everyone who gave me the opportunities I have had in life which will help me get to where I’m going now.
Everyone needs a believer, a supporter … don’t judge them, just show up for them.
Dedicated to Elizabeth Griffin